2021 ACM Awards: The Performers List
More than two dozen artists took the stage during the 2021 ACM Awards for a variety of solo performances and big-time collaborations. Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Dan + Shay were only the start of the awards show's all-star performance lineup.
Co-hosts Mickey Guyton and Keith Urban performed, but so did Brothers Osborne (twice!), Luke Combs, Alan Jackson, Ashley McBryde, Thomas Rhett and more. Lambert was part of three collaborations, while Kenny Chesney sang with Kelsea Ballerini and solo. Gospel legend CeCe Winans joined Carrie Underwood for a medley, while Dierks Bentley invited lauded Americana duo the War and Treaty and more special guests to cover a U2 song with him.
A full list of 2021 ACM Awards performances is below. Luke Bryan, who was originally announced as a performer, dropped out of the event due to a COVID-19 diagnosis.
After relocating from Las Vegas, Nev., to Nashville in 2020 out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACM Awards were back in Nashville in 2021. As showrunners did last year, they spread this year's ACMs event out across three iconic Music City venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe. Some performances also took place at the Station Inn and the Bridge Building, and on Lower Broadway and the Nashville riverfront.
2021 ACM Awards: The Performers
Jimmie Allen and Brad Paisley, "Freedom Was a Highway"
Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney, "Half of My Hometown"
Gabby Barrett, "The Good Ones"
Dierks Bentley with the War and Treaty and Larkin Poe, "Pride (in the Name of Love)" at the Station Inn
Brothers Osborne, "I'm Not for Everyone" and "Dead Man's Curve"
Kenny Chesney, "Knowing You"
Eric Church, "Bunch of Nothing"
Luke Combs, "Forever After All"
Dan + Shay, "Glad You Exist"
Mickey Guyton, "Hold On"
Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris, "Chasing After You"
Alan Jackson, "You'll Always Be My Baby" and "Drive (For Daddy Gene)"
Lady A, "Like a Lady" from the Nashville waterfront
Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, "In His Arms"
Miranda Lambert and Elle King, "Drunk (and I Don't Wanna Go Home)"
Little Big Town, "Wine, Beer, Whiskey" on Lower Broadway
Ashley McBryde, "Martha Divine" at the Bridge Building
Carly Pearce and Lee Brice, "I Hope You're Happy Now"
Thomas Rhett, "What's Your Country Song" and "Country Again"
Blake Shelton, "Austin" and "Minimum Wage"
Chris Stapleton with Miranda Lambert, "Maggie's Song"
Carrie Underwood, My Savior gospel songs medley featuring CeCe Winans
Keith Urban, "Tumbleweed"
Chris Young and Kane Brown, "Famous Friends"