ACM Awards 2014: What to expect in Las Vegas

Hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan speak onstage during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013, in Las Vegas.
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Country music is on its way to Sin City.

Stars have started touching down in Las Vegas for the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which airs live Sunday from the MGM Grand Garden Arena starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Country music will be flowing throughout the show, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton. Dierks Bentley will hit the stage with Sheryl Crow for a rendition of "I Hold On," and Brad Paisley will make the national television debut of his new single "River Bank."

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Other performers include Bryan, Shelton, Lee Brice, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Shakira, George Strait, Keith Urban, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line and Lady Antebellum with Stevie Nicks.

Miranda Lambert and George Strait will join forces for a Merle Haggard tribute, and Garth Brooks will present the singer-songwriter with the academy's Crystal Milestone Award.

Lambert and McGraw are the top nominees, with seven bids each. Keith Urban is up for six awards, and Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Kacey Musgraves and Lee Brice are next with five apiece. Florida Georgia Line and Lady Antebellum have four nods.

Nominees for some of the top categories are below. For the full list of nominees, visit the 2014 ACM Awards on

And click here to cast your vote for two of the major categories.

Entertainer of the Year

Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean
Lee Brice
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year

Sheryl Crow
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year

Big & Rich
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
Thompson Square

Vocal Group of the Year

Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year

"Based on a True Story...," Blake Shelton
"Crash My Party," Luke Bryan
"Here's to the Good Times," Florida Georgia Line
"Same Trailer Different Park," Kacey Musgraves
"Two Lanes of Freedom," Tim McGraw