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How to watch the 2018 ACM Awards

Reba McEntire hosts the 53rd ACM Awards. 

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The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™ take place tonight. Here's how you can watch the ACM awards via live online stream or TV as country music superstar Reba McEntire hosts the annual awards show. 

How to watch the 2018 ACM Awards live


The ACM Awards will be broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15 on CBS at 8/7c. The show will include performances by country favorites Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett. 

The country music awards show will be live from Las Vegas tonight. It's been just over six months since Aldean's performance at a music festival was tragically cut short, when a gunman opened fire on the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.

Jason Aldean talked to CBS News' Vlad Duthiers on Friday and talked about returning to Las Vegas for the ACM Awards. Aldean had been on stage when the shooting started.

"You know I think everybody sort of tried to make this thing about me coming back to Vegas come try to make it a little bigger than it was," Aldean said. "For me, you know, I've got a million great memories in Vegas and one horrible one."

If you want to watch the ACM Awards online, you can stream the show live on CBS All Access. You can try CBS All Access for free for one week if you don't already have an account.

ACM Awards 2018 host

Reba McEntire will make her 15th appearance as host and MC. Blake Shelton will serve as her co-host. This is Reba's first appearance as host since 2012. Last year's awards show was co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley.

McEntire has hosted the awards show 14 times since the late 1980s. She last hosted "country music's party of the year" in 2012 along with Blake Shelton. McEntire, who announced the nominees for major categories on "CBS This Morning" last month, learned on the air that she was nominated for the 16th time in the female vocalist of the year category. 

She said she'd like to thank "everybody who voted for me and my mama" for the nomination. 

Who is Performing at the ACM Awards 2018 tonight?

The following country music stars are scheduled to perform Sunday night at the ACM awards:

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Blake Shelton
  • Kelly Clarkson 
  • Jason Aldean 
  • Kelsea Ballerini 
  • Dierks Bentley 
  • Luke Bryan 
  • Florida Georgia Line 
  • Miranda Lambert 
  • Maren Morris 
  • Thomas Rhett 
  • Kane Brown 
  • Lauren Alaina 
  • Kenny Chesney 
  • Dan + Shay 
  • Alan Jackson 
  • Toby Keith 
  • Lady Antebellum 
  • Little Big Town 
  • Jon Pardi 
  • Darius Rucker 
  • Midland 
  • Brett Young 
  • Chris Young

Sunday will be Carry Underwood's first appearance back on stage after suffering a fall in her Nashville home nearly five months ago. The accident left her with over 40 stitches in her face and she suffered a broken wrist which required surgery.

2018 Academy of Country Music Awards nominees

Below are the nominees for some of the most anticipated categories at the 2018 ACM awards. Get the https://www.cbs.com/shows/academy_of_country_music/news/1008340/53rd-academy-of-country-music-awards-the-complete-list-of-nominees/ at CBS.com.

Entertainer Of The Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

Female Vocalist Of The Year 

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba McEntire
  • Maren Morris
  • Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist Of The Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban
  • Chris Young

Song Of The Year

  • "Body Like A Back Road" - Sam Hunt
  • "Female" - Keith Urban
  • "Tin Man" - Miranda Lambert
  • "Whiskey And You" - Chris Stapleton
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