Watch 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards online

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The 53rd annual ACM Awards air April 15 on CBS. Underwood's Sunday performance will be her first public appearance since she suffered a nasty fall outside her Nashville home last November.

Remember: The best way to watch the ACM Awards is on TV, with TOC on your phone.

The mood lightened shortly after when host Reba McEntire opened the show, cracking jokes about several stars and the decision to have her host the show solo after two male stars shared hosting duties the previous two years.

Beloved country duo Sugarland, who are releasing their comeback album Bigger in June, will be helping out at the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards by taking the stage as presenters. Fortunately, CBS is really trying to attract new converts to its CBS All Access service, so it's letting new subscribers try it out for a free week. As usual, the live-stream is only available as part of a pay-TV package or through a subscription-based streaming service.

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The red carpet is sure to see plenty of standout fashion moments from names like Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson and more. The show will reportedly kick off with a tribute to the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Sunday could be a big night for country music artists from Kentucky, and we're not just talking about the Pride of Johnson County, Chris Stapleton. McEntire is a 16-time ACM award victor, and she's among the singers competing for Female Vocalist of the Year. Not only were fans excited to see Underwood was making new music again, but they were also happy to see was once again sharing a photo of herself on social media again as she has kept selfies and pictures to a minimum since her fall. "Yes, I would love to'".

Kentucky's shadow major nominee is Virgie native Josh Osborne, a songwriter who is up for song of the year for co-writing Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road". He was joined onstage by Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett.

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