The 51st Academy of Country Music Awards: airs Sunday night on WHNT


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The 51st Academy of Country Music Awards are tonight, and the show is going to be filled with country’s biggest stars — and some non-country celebrities, like actor Tom Hiddleston, who will present.

Here’s what you can look forward to.

1. Tim McGraw’s fan-filled performance: McGraw will make the TV debut of his newest hit single, “Humble And Kind,” with a special twist: He’s including the fans. McGraw invited his fans to submit photos that will be part of his performance. Fans submitted photos of themselves holding a sign with a word that’s meaningful to them on Facebook and Instagram and used the hashtag #HumbleAndKindACMs.

2. Dolly Parton’s special honor: The singer will receive the Tex Ritter Award for her NBC TV movie last year, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.” The movie followed Parton’s childhood in 1955 in the Great Smoky Mountains.

3. Performances by country superstars: Miranda Lambert, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Keith Urban will team up to perform “Tush,” and Urban will also perform his new single “Wasted Time.” Carrie Underwood, who spearheaded a Women of Country Night in preparation for the ACMs, will perform her new single “Church Bells.” Other stars include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Charles Kelley, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion and Chris Young with Cassadee Pope.

4. Crossover acts: The ACM Awards show isn’t only for country stars. Katy Perry will join Dolly Parton for a special performance, Nick Jonas will sing with ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year winner Kelsea Ballerini and up and coming jazz musician Trombone Shorty will take the stage with Little Big Town.

5. A video of Chris Stapleton’s heartwarming visit to his hometown: Viewers will get to see a video of the “Traveller” singer visiting his high school in his hometown of Paintsville, Kentucky from last week when he donated $57,000 worth of band instruments and gave a surprise performance to students and teachers.

Watch the ceremony tonight right here on WHNT at 7 p.m.