After tragedy, country music returns to Vegas with ACMs

Darius Rucker and Chris Young

Reba McEntire will be returning to hosting duties at the Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday night (April 15), and as a veteran of the event-this will mark her 15th time doing it-the singer knows just how to get prepped for the big night.

Sunday's show airs at 8 p.m.

Chris Stapleton has the most nominations for the night.

Lambert is now tied with Brooks and Dunn as artists with the most awards in ACM history with 29 wins each.

The Female Vocalist for this year is a tough list of nominees.

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While the accident was understandably "traumatic" for Underwood, an Entertainment Tonight source recently revealed that she feels more than ready for her musical comeback this weekend. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have their first nomination together as Vocal Duo of the year. If she wins, it would be the Chockie native's eighth victory in the category. "Body Like a Back Road" is nominated for song of the year and single record of the year. The track's producer, Scott Hendricks, also is an Oklahoma native. Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris have also garnered four nominations apiece.

Underwood, who has but to point out a full photograph of her face since her November 10 accident when she fell down the steps of her Nashville house, main her to have greater than 40 stitches, confirmed that she would formally debut her face on the ACM Awards in Las Vegas.

A new part of the broadcast will be "ACM Flashbacks" of classic country hits or artists and their impact on the country music of today. According to The Boot, the 2018 ACM Awards will open with a tribute to the victims of the festival, and Aldean was one of the major artists consulted for the performance.

Other performers include Dierks Bentley, Ballerini, Lauren Alaina, Kane Brown, Dan + Shay, Chris Janson, Midland, Jon Pardi, Darius Rucker, Brett Young and Chris Young. Previously announced presenters include David Boreanaz, Drew Brees, AJ Buckley, Cam, Sam Elliott, Eve, Ashton Kutcher, Dustin Lynch, Nancy O'Dell, Rebecca Romijn, Sugarland, Max Thieriot, and Lindsey Vonn.

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