This Sunday, April 19, country music’s best and brightest
stars will invade the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for the party of
the year – the
50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, the ACM Awards celebrate the musicians that have captivated audiences with their from-the-heart lyrics and honky-tonk melodies. Leading the pack of nominees this year is Blake’s better half, Miranda Lambert, who is up for seven awards , including Female Vocalist of the Year. In order to take home the night’s biggest honour, Entertainer of the Year – for which she's the only female nominated – Miranda will have to beat out fellow heavyweights Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean.
Taylor Swift might be taking a break from her country roots to concentrate on pop music, but stars like Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt and Little Big Town are proving that country music is as hot as ever.
Taking the ACM Awards stage for what are sure to be moving and memorable performances are Reba McEntire (whose latest album just dropped!)and Garth Brooks, who along with the likes of Dolly Parton, Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, George Jones and Canada's Shania Twain, have helped shape country music into the colossal industry it is today.
To celebrate all things country, Hello! takes a look at 12 country stars, old and new, who are topping the charts and heating things up on the road with their songs about love, life and heartache.