Self-isolation and social distancing do not mean you can’t enjoy live music.
The Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions are pivoting in response to the coronavirus with a unique live-music event called “ACM Presents: Our Country”. The move comes after an increasing number of artists delivered intimate livestream performances to audiences amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“ACM Presents: Our Country” looks to fill the void left by many, many cancelled tours and concerts, including all LiveNation events.
The special live event “will feature intimate conversations and at-home acoustic performances with top country artists, along with clips of their favourite moments from the Academy of Country Music Awards’ 55-year history,” according to a press release.
“Artists will appear from their homes via video chat to share some heartfelt thoughts and perform acoustic versions of country hits,” the statement continued. “It will be a night filled with entertainment, hope, and reflection, bringing the healing power of music to Americans at a time when they need it most.”
Confirmed performers include Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown & John Legend, Sheryl Crow, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett and more.
The show will also honour 10-time ACM Award winner Kenny Rogers with performances by Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, and Darius Rucker.
The special will broadcast on Sunday, April 5, during the timeslot previously scheduled for the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards, which will now take place on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
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