The 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards, more commonly known as the ACM Awards, airs from Las Vegas, Nevada. It is one of the biggest events in country music, celebrating and honoring achievements in the entertainment industry over the past year. Get to know about who is hosting, what channel to watch the show on, the performers and every other detail about the show below.
SHOW DATE & TIME: The 2018 ACM Awards air live tonight, on April 15, 2018. The show airs from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT, from Las Vegas, Nevada, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
TV CHANNEL: The awards show airs on the CBS network. Check with your local TV provider (Verizon FIOS, Optimum, etc.) for the exact channel number. You can also click here to check out all CBS affiliate stations in various locations.
HOST: Reba McEntire will take the stage for her 15th time as the show’s host. For several recent years, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan hosted the event, and last year, Bryan teamed up with Dierks Bentley. McEntire has now returned and she told Us Weekly that, “Since I had turned that duty over to Blake [Shelton] and Luke [Bryan] and then Luke and Dierks [Bentley], they just came back around and asked if I would be interested. I said, ‘Sure!’ I miss it. When you’re sitting at the awards show and you’re out in the audience, once you’ve gotten the honors of hosting, you’re sitting there kind of wondering what’s going on backstage and you miss being a part of that excitement.” This will be McEntire’s first time back as host since 2012.
FREE LIVE STREAM: There are multiple ways to watch the show online via live stream, some of which are free. If you have Amazon Prime or want to start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch a live stream of CBS and on-demand content via the CBS All-Access Amazon Channel, which comes with a 7-day free trial. You can also sign up for a free 7-day trial for CBS All-Access, and then you can watch the show on your computer via the CBS website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the CBS app. Find all of the available live stream options for the 2018 ACM Awards here.
PERFORMERS: The performers for tonight’s show include Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown with Lauren Alaina, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line with Bebe Rexha, Alan Jackson with Jon Pardi, Chris Janson, Toby Keith with Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire with Kelly Clarkson, Midland, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban with Julia Michaels, and Brett Young. The show will reportedly kick off with a tribute to the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Chris Stapleton is leading the nominations this year, with a total of five. Revealed presenters for the event include Drew Brees, Ashton Kutcher, Nancy O’Dell, Rebecca Romijn, Sugarland member Jennifer Nettles with Kristian Bush, Keifer Sutherland and Lindsey Vonn.
NOMINATIONS: Up for Entertainer of the Year, at the ACM Awards, are Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban. The Female Vocalist of the Year award nominees are Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris and Carrie Underwood. Male Vocalist of the Year nominees include Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young and Keith Urban. Those who are up for Vocal Duo of the Year are Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, LOCASH, Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw with wife Faith Hill. The Best Vocal Group of the Year winner was announced before show time, as was the New Female Vocalist of the Year winner and the New Male Vocalist of the Year recipient. The band Midland won for Best Vocal Group, Lauren Alaina is the Best New Female Vocalist, and Brett Young is the Best New Male Vocalist.
For Album of the Year, those in the running include Little Big Town for “Breaker”, Jon Pardi for “California Sunrise”, Chris Stapleton for “From a Room: Volume 1”, Old Dominion for “Happy Endings,” and Thomas Rhett for “Life Changes”. The Best Single Record of the Year honorees are Little Big Town’s “Better Man”, Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road”, Chris Stapleton’s “Broken Halos”, Midland’s “Drinkin’ Problem” and Blake Shelton’s “I’ll Name the Dogs”. Those up for Song of the Year this year are the songs “Body Like a Back Road”, “Female”, “Tin Man”, and “Whiskey and You”. And, the songs nominated for Video of the Year are for “Black” by Dierks Bentley, “It Ain’t My Fault” by Brothers Osborne, “Legends” by Kelsea Ballerini, “Marry Me” by Thomas Rhett, and “We Should Be Friends” by Miranda Lambert.