However, As Stapleton fans well knew, the singer was not going to be able to attend the show due to the fact that his wife, Morgane, was expecting twin babies any day now. Miranda Lambert is set to perform, and host Reba McEntire revealed that the ACM Awards will pay tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting previous year.
She then set the crowd in a frenzy, however, when she explained why.
Underwood had said the "freak random accident" left her "not quite looking the same".
Check back here for more coverage of the ACM awards tonight. CBS is trying to add more subscribers to CBS All Access service by pleasing new ones to try the serivce free for a week. Other performers include Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Toby Keith, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris and Reba McEntire, who is hosting the show. The show will reportedly kick off with a tribute to the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Chris Stapleton, who released two top-selling albums past year, is the top nominee with eight. Jason Aldean, who was playing on stage when the gunman opened fire, is up for Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year.
Carrie said in the letter to her fans that she believes everything happens for a reason, and the injuries allowed her to slow down and spend time her husband Mike Fisher and 3-year-old son Isaiah.
Ballerini flipped up the lyrics for the final chorus, switching "I hate love songs, but I love you" to "but ACMs, I love you".
For a woman who hates love songs, Kelsea Ballerini sure put a lot of love into her 2018 ACM Awards performance. "Body Like a Back Road" is nominated for song of the year and single record of the year.