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Countdown to Academy of Country Music Awards

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This year’s Academy of Country Music Awards will be on Apr. 15, 2018 and will be hosted by Reba McEntire.

According to CMT.com, ACM Awards published on Mar. 7 that the performers listed are Jason Aldean, Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Kane Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Jon Pardi and many more.

Every day, more performers are advertised through social media to entice fans.  According to CMT.com, “Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha will perform their hit ‘Meant to Be.’”  Since this song has been hugely successful, fans can look forward to how they will perform it. According to TheBoot.com, published on Feb. 28, it is reported that Dierks Bentley will be performing the song “Woman Amen” and using “fan-submitted photos of female heroes as a backdrop.”

The Female Vocalist for this year is a tough list of nominees.

According to Billboard.com, the list includes Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris and Carrie Underwood.

It seems like McEntire would be in favor to win this category because she laid the groundwork for country music. Her career has spanned over decades with hits like “Fancy” and having her own TV show. However, McEntire could have some competitors.

Underwood has had chart topping hits like “Church Bells” and collaborated with Ludacris for the theme song, “The Champion,” which was used for the Super Bowl this year. In retrospect, Morris has hits of her own like “I Could Use A Love Song” and collaborated with fellow country artist Thomas Rhett.

Ballerini is a star in her own right after a highly-anticipated performance with McEntire, at the 2017 Country Music Association Awards. She performed her song “Legends.” Miranda Lambert’s song “Tin Man” was recently nominated for two Grammy awards at the 60th annual Grammy Awards.

The list for Male Vocalist of the year includes Jason Aldean, Chris Young, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton.  

Chris Stapleton could win Male Vocalist of The Year. According to CMT.com, Stapleton has won 3 Grammy Awards in one night. In retrospect to his competitors, Urban is working on his new album “Graffiti U” and is gearing up for his Graffiti U tour.

Meanwhile, Rhett won in 2017 at the Academy of Country Music Awards for Song of the Year. Also, according to ChrisYoung.com, Young was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Aldean just released a new music video for his song, “You Make It Easy,” which was shown in a movie format.

Another tough category is Vocal Duo of the Year.

The nominees in this category are Brothers Osborne, Dan+Shay, Florida Georgia Line, LoCash, Tim and Faith McGraw.

Who could forget Brothers Osborne’s amazing tribute to country legend Don Williams at the Country Music Association Awards. Florida Georgia Line has a chart topping hit on the Billboard’s list that has been number one for weeks. Meanwhile, Tim and Faith McGraw released their first album together.

The winner in this category could easily be Tim and Faith McGraw.

They are country music’s power couple and have incorporated newer artists on their album, “The Rest of Our Lives” such as Meghan Trainor and Ed Sheeran. Tim McGraw even hits a couple of high notes on some of the tracks such as the song, “Rest Of Our Lives.”

LoCash took their skills to the Big Apple, where they performed on the Today Show. Also, Dan+Shay’s new music video incorporated deaf model Nyle DiMarco who taught a little sign language in the music video.


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