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2022 ACM Awards Preview: What to Expect

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM Awards) will air live later today, March 7, from Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium at 8pm ET on Amazon Prime Video. The 2-hour show will make history as the first major awards show to livestream exclusively on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K. The full ceremony and special performances will then be rebroadcast and available to stream on IMDB TV starting March 8 at 8pm ET.

Additionally, a live audience will be present at this year's ACM Awards. Tickets are still readily available, and can be purchased here.

Below is all you need to know about this year's ceremony!

Host & Presenters:

Country music icon Dolly Parton will co-host the upcoming ceremony alongside artists Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen.

“I am so excited to be hosting the ACM Awards on March 7 from Vegas. Watch for us because we’re going to have some fun,” Parton shared in a statement.

As for presenters, the star-studded lineup includes actor Alan Ritchson, quarterback Derek Carr, comedian Guy Torry, James Patterson, Jason Aldean, actor Kelsey Asbille, actor Luke Grimes, Mickey Guyton, and actor Tom Pelphrey.


Host Dolly Parton will join Kelsea Ballerini for the song "Big Dreams & Faded Jeans." Co-hosts Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen will also perform. Barrett will be singing "Let's Go to Vegas" and "I Hope You Dance" (a reprise of her standout American Idol performance from 2018), while Allen will perform "Viva Las Vegas" and give a live debut of "Down Home."

As for other performers, the lineup includes Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, BRELAND & Thomas Rhett, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Jordan Davis, Walker Hayes, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne and Brittney Spencer, Parmalee and Blanco Brown with Brooke Eden, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young and Mitchell Tenpenny, Lady A, and Kelly Clarkson.


Chris Young leads the pack with seven nods, including Album of the Year and Single of the Year. Young shares three of his nominations with longtime friend and collaborator Kane Brown for their song “Famous Friends.”

Miranda Lambert and Walker Hayes, a first-time nominee, follow Young with five nods. Jordan Davis, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, and Morgan Wallen each have four nominations. Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Dave Cobb, Ashley McBryde and Lainey Wilson then have three nominations.

Additionally, Lambert and Kelsea Ballerini have both received nominations as producers for the first time. You can see the full list of nominations here, and see noms for the night's biggest categories below.

Entertainer of the Year
Carrie Underwood
Chris Stapleton
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Miranda Lambert

Female Artist of the Year
Gabby Barrett
Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris
Carly Pearce

Male Artist of the Year
Jimmie Allen
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Morgan Wallen

Duo of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Maddie & Tae

Group of the Year
Lady A
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
The Cadillac Three

New Female Artist of the Year
Tenille Arts
Priscilla Block
Lily Rose
Caitlyn Smith
Lainey Wilson

New Male Artist of the Year
Walker Hayes
Ryan Hurd
Parker McCollum
Elvie Shane

Album of the Year
29: Written in Stone – Carly Pearce
Country Again: Side A – Thomas Rhett
Dangerous: The Double Album – Morgan Wallen
Famous Friends – Chris Young
The Marfa Tapes – Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall

Single of the Year
“Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan
“Famous Friends” – Chris Young and Kane Brown
“Fancy Like” – Walker Hayes
“If I Didn’t Love You” – Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood
“You Should Probably Leave” – Chris Stapleton

Song of the Year
“7 Summers” – Morgan Wallen
“Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan
“Fancy Like” – Walker Hayes
“Knowing You” – Kenny Chesney
“Things a Man Oughta Know” – Lainey Wilson

Video of the Year
“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” – Elle King and Miranda Lambert
“Famous Friends” – Chris Young and Kane Brown
“I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version)” – Taylor Swift featuring Chris Stapleton
“If I Didn’t Love You” – Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood
“Never Wanted to Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde

Pre-Show Information:

There will be a red carpet pre-show streaming on Amazon Prime at 7pm ET. The one-hour carpet, hosted by Elaina Smith, Kristin Cavallari, Priscilla Block, and Zuri Hall, will also feature performances by Tenille Townes and Kat & Alex.

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Article Image: The duo Dan + Shay holding up their trophies from the ACM Awards in 2019. (Jean_Nelson via DepositPhotos.)

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