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Some Things To Expect At The ACM Awards

Last year CBS held the 50th annual ACM awards in Arlington, Texas, shattering world records in multiple categories; 70,000 people packed into the AT&T Stadium to celebrate country music and all of the people involved in it. There were iconic performances and massive wins across the board, and it’s going to pretty damn hard to top it this year. The ACMs will be moving back to Vegas, and the executive producers of the show have released some information about the program that have us here at Crankit very excited!

Arguably the biggest change happening this year is Dierks Bentley replacing Blake Shelton as co host. He’ll be accompanying Luke Bryan, which should make for a fun night. “Dierks Bentley and Luke are extremely close friends on and off stage,” claims executive producer Barry Adelman. Dierks and Luke are both pretty cool guys, so we’re confident everything should work out just fine.

Garth Brooks left Country for a long time and now that he’s back, we can’t seem to keep him away (and we don’t want to)! He performed “All-American Kid” at the awards last year, however, this year he won’t be able to make it to the show. Instead, he will be making an appearance via satellite from Ottawa, Canada.

There are going to be some HUGE collaborations at this year’s awards. One in particular announcement really caught us off guard: Dolly Parton and Katy Perry. It turns out that the “Roar” singer is a big fan, and the two will be performing a couple of Dolly’s biggest hits. We’ll also see collaborations from artists like Kelsea Ballerini and Nick Jonas, along with a trio performance of Miranda Lambert, Billy Gibbons, and Keith Urban!

This year’s ACM awards might not be in a massive stadium with 70,000 screaming fans, but the Academy of Country Music and CBS are still going to have a giant show to put on. Tune in Sunday, April 3rd to see it all go down!

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