2017 ACM Awards winners announced

Lori McKenna
Lori McKenna

Lori McKenna: the first woman to win the songwriters award in the 52-year history of the ACMs

Academy of Country Music will crown the year’s top songwriters and performers tomorrow evening, but some have already been revealed

The Academy of Country Music (ACM) has announced additional performers, presenters and an unprecedented number of duos and special collaborations for the 52nd ACM Awards – known as Country Music’s Party of the Year – taking place on the evening of 2 April, but some of its winners have already been revealed.

Lori McKenna was named Songwriter of the Year, making her the first woman to ever win the songwriters award in the ACM’s 52-year history. McKenna has forged some of the biggest songs to emerge from Nashville in the last few years – namely Little Big Town’s Girl Crush and Tim McGraw’s country chart-topper Humble And Kind – and provided tracks for the likes of Faith Hill, Alison Krauss and Keith Urban.

In three new artist categories announced last month, Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Jon Pardi were named New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, New Female Vocalist of the Year and New Male Vocalist of the Year, respectively.

Collaborative performances on the night will include 14-time ACM Award winner Reba McEntire and contemporary Christian artist Lauren Daigle performing Back to God, superstar duo Tim McGraw and Faith Hill premiering their new single Speak To A Girl, Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris teaming up for Craving You, Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley rocking out Flatliner, and Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban performing their hit single The Fighter, plus Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys performing a medley.

Brett Eldredge and Old Dominion will join the lineup of previously announced solo performances that includes Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Rascal Flatts, and Chris Stapleton.

The ACM Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, will be broadcast live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday 2 April at 20:00-23:00 ET on CBS. For more details, visit acmcountry.com

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