As the television industry deals with overall declines in total viewership, organizers behind the Academy of Country Music Awards are focused on keeping the core country music audience coming back each year to watch the genre's biggest stars party in Las Vegas.
Earlier in the show, Bryan and Bentley visit Colbert's interview couch to talk about their ACM hosting gig and the state of country music.
"Drink a little more, host a little less", Bryan added. Here's everything you need to know about the big night, from the tune-in to the biggest performances!
The duo is hosting the ACM's for the second time together; it will be Bryan's fifth time overall. Prior to that, Colbert spent eight years as a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" as an on-air personality and writer of news satire for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series.
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Luke is nominated for Entertainer of the Year while Dierks is up for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and Vocal Event Of The Year.
Radio Ink congratulates Lon on this latest award, and his many years of service and entertainment.
Brett Eldredge and Old Dominion will join the lineup for previously announced solo performances by Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Rascal Flatts, and Chris Stapleton.
There's also a group of new artists garnishing attention.