Country music stars will come together on Sunday with acoustic performances recorded from their houses for a televised special that will replace the annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which were canceled due to the global coronavirus break out.
The two-hour “ACM Presents: Our Country” will feature Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Old Dominion, and others.
“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,” organizers stated.” CBS “anchor Gayle King will host the show from her home in New York City.
“What these guys have done is amazing,” King stated in an interview to preview the event.
“You have Lady Antebellum in three different locations with their kids sort of climbing all around them. That was fun,” King stated. “Shania Twain, who’s in her barn with a real live horse that’s sort of listening to her play, while the dog is sitting there looking like, ok, is she still singing?”
The telecast will consist of a special tribute to Kenny Rogers by Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and Lionel Richie, the writer of one of Rogers’ greatest hits, ‘Lady.’ Rogers passed away on March 20 at age 81.
The ACM Awards were to have taken place at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, with days of preceding events and performances. The show is amongst the many live events canceled to avoid large events that might spread out the novel coronavirus.
The “ACM Presents: Our Country” program will air on U.S. broadcast network CBS and its streaming platform, CBS, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday. CBS is part of ViacomCBS Inc.