A huge collection of country music stars have come together for a special Academy of Country Music event, “ACM Presents: Our Country,” which will air this Sunday, April 5th at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS. The star-studded broadcast will feature artists who have put together special performances from their homes across the country.
The event will take place in lieu of the 55th Annual ACM Awards that were originally scheduled to air this weekend but have since been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Over 20 country stars are performing songs in intimate, at-home settings as they self-isolate during the global crisis. Performers include Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Shania Twain, duets from Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani and Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker, Miranda Lambert, and more (check out the full list below).
According to Rolling Stone, the ACM and producers gave the artists full freedom to choose what they wanted to perform. Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music only advised them to keep the tone of the show in mind when deciding what to sing saying, “The vibe of the show is to be really uplifting and positive and bringing comfort to fans.”
Everyone had to get creative to pull something like this together from various locations across the country, as everyone follows social-distancing, stay-at-home orders. Rucker and Paisley, for instance, did their duet over Facetime –with Paisley editing the performance, USA Today reports.
A special pre-show will air on the Academy of Country Music’s Facebook page and the Amazon Music Twitch channel at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. A roster of artists will send messages and give performances including Lauren Alaina, Lee Brice, Gabby Barrett, Ashley McBryde, Jake Owen, Carly Pearce, and more.
Jack Sussman, CBS’ executive vice president of specials, music, and live events, was impressed with how the artists came together to deliver what will be an unprecedented stripped-down special that will help fans connect with their favorite artists in a more intimate way in these difficult and uncertain times.
He told Rolling Stone, “You get so used to these big shows with production, pyro, effects, and lighting, but at the end of the day, this stripped-down moment of heartfelt song from an artist to their fans is the strongest, most-intimate way to connect with the viewer. In this time, we really find out how healing music can be, how powerful that moment can be, and how talented these artists are.”
Gayle King will host the “ACM Presents: Our Country” two-hour event. Viewers can watch the special live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
The show will also be available to stream for free on CBS.com, CBS All Access, or the CBS app. Fans can watch live or on-demand on CBS All Access, which is available on iOS devices (including iPhones, iPads, Apple TV), Android devices (including phones, tablets, Android TV), TVs and connected devices (including LG Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Vizio Smart TV, Chromecast, FireTV, Roku), gaming consoles (including Xbox and PlayStation 4), smart home devices (including Amazon Alexa and Google Home) and many more! Or, simply visit CBS.com.
ACM Presents: Our Country Performance List
Kelsea Ballerini - "homecoming queen?"
Dierks Bentley - "I Hold On"
Kane Brown & John Legend - "Last Time I Say Sorry"
Luke Bryan - "Most People Are Good"
Brandi Carlile - "The Joke"
Eric Church - "Never Break Heart"
Luke Combs - "Beautiful Crazy"
Sheryl Crow - "I Shall Believe"
Florida Georgia Line - "Blessings"
Lady Antebellum - "What I’m Leaving For"
Miranda Lambert - "Bluebird"
Little Big Town - "Next To You"
Tim McGraw - "Humble And Kind"
Old Dominion (Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen) - "Some People Do"
Brad Paisley & Darius Rucker - "Mud On The Tires" & "Wagon Wheel"
Thomas Rhett - "Be A Light"
Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani - "Nobody But You"
Shania Twain - "Honey, I’m Home" & "Man! I Feel Like a Woman"
Carrie Underwood - "Drinking Alone"
Keith Urban - "Wasted Time"
Kenny Rogers Tribute - featuring Brad Paisley & Darius Rucker performing "Lucille" & "The Gambler" and Luke Bryan performing "Coward Of The County"