ACM Awards 2014: What to expect in Las Vegas

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.

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.

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


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