ACM Awards Collaborations To Honor ’90s Country Hits

Sunday night’s 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards show will feature plenty of superstar collaborations and must-see performances, and for the first time, the ACMs will also debut “ACM Flashbacks” to honor classic country hits and/or the artists whose music continues to influence musicians and fans alike.

With this new feature, the ACM Awards will celebrate hits from a specific year or honor an individual artist and their accomplishments through unique collaborations and one-of-a-kind renditions of their iconic songs. This year, the awards will honor three of country’s hits from 1993 with Toby Keith and Blake Shelton performing Keith’s celebrated No. 1 debut single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” Alan Jackson and Jon Pardi performing Jackson’s ACM Award-winning hit “Chattahoochee,” and Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson performing Reba’s Grammy award-winning hit “Does He Love You.”

Other star-studded collaborations include Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina performing the multi-platinum, No. 1 hit “What Ifs,” Keith Urban and Julia Michaels performing Urban’s new single “Coming Home,” and Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line performing on the chart-topping smash hit “Meant to Be.”

Dan + Shay, Darius Rucker and Chris Young will also join the show’s lineup of previously announced solo performances by Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini,Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert,Little Big Town, Midland, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Brett Young. Previously announced presenters include David Boreanaz, Drew Brees, AJ Buckley, Cam, Sam Elliot, Eve, Ashton Kutcher, Dustin Lynch, Nancy O’Dell, Rebecca Romijn, Max Thieriot and Lindsey Vonn.

 The 53rd ACM Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday night (April 15) at 8 p.m. ET on CBS Television.


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