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Frisco, TX (May 8, 2024) — The Academy of Country Music (ACM) announced today the lineup for the ACM Country Kickoff at The Star, which features performances from nearly every ACM New Artist nominee this year, including Kassi AshtonAshley CookeHannah EllisKameron MarloweKylie Morgan, Megan MoroneyNeon UnionRestless RoadDylan ScottConner SmithNate Smith, and Tigirlily Gold. More exciting up-and-comers, fan favorites, and a handful of surprises round out the impressive lineup of artists set to hit the Carhartt Stage on Tuesday (5.14) and Wednesday (5.15), including Chayce BeckhamAnnie Bosko, Tyler BradenTiera KennedyJenna PauletteAlana SpringsteenMatt Stell, and more.

There will also be special performances on Tuesday (5.14) night starting at 8:00 p.m. CT for Live From the ACM Awards: ACM New Artist Winners Celebration, where the New Artists of the Year category winners for the 59th ACM Awards will be revealed and celebrated. Country Heat Weekly Podcast hosts Kelly Sutton and Amber Anderson will emcee the exciting show, which will air live on the Amazon Music channel on Twitch.

In its second year, the ACM Country Kickoff at The Star is a two-day festival for fans to celebrate the ACM Awards’ return to Texas. Although free to attendees, fans looking to get even closer to their favorite Country artists now can with the ACM Country Kickoff VIP Ticket. New this year, with a limited number of tickets available now HERE, each VIP ticket includes exclusive artist meet & greet opportunities, premium viewing access of the outdoor stage from the Lucas Oil VIP Area, a Jack Daniel’s whiskey tasting, two drink tickets, merch items, dedicated bar service, a meal voucher redeemable at any of the on-site food trucks, and more.

On top of performances from the next generation of Country Music superstars on the outdoor Carhartt Stage, the ACM Country Kickoff will feature a beer garden and dance floor presented by Coors Light and artist meet-and-greet sessions in the ACM Red Barrel Lounge presented by Princess Cruise Lines, alongside food trucks, photo opportunities, ACM Awards show merchandise, and activations by a host of partners will be on-site, including ACM Lifting Lives, Ashley, Choctaw Casinos & Resorts, Coors Light, Debbie’s Dream Foundation, North Texas Ford, Fritos, Kendra Scott, Korbel, Lucas Oil, and Princess Cruise Lines. The ACM Country Kickoff at The Star will be held from 3:00 – 10:00 p.m. CT on both Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15. A detailed performance schedule will be released in the coming days. For more information, visit


Founded in Southern California in 1964 as a regional trade organization, the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM) has grown in the almost-60 years since into a leading association for the Country Music industry. Now headquartered in Nashville, TN and boasting record-high membership of more than 5,000 worldwide, the Academy serves as a powerhouse advocate for Country fans, artists, and all facets of the business, as well as a supporter of philanthropic work through charitable partner ACM LIFTING LIVES, dedicated to improving lives through the power of music and providing aid in times of need, with a focus on health initiatives. 2023 was another monumental year for the Academy, with the 58th ACM Awards, hosted by global superstars Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks, ranking as one of the most-watched awards shows of the year. 2024 will see the ACM Awards return in May to the world headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys in Texas for a second consecutive year and stream live for a global audience on Prime Video. The Academy also remains relentlessly committed to creating a more inclusive environment for underrepresented groups in Country Music, from the boardroom to the stage, and proudly presents both ACM LEVel Up, a two-year professional development and enrichment curriculum for rising leaders, and OnRamp, a guaranteed income program for Black members of the Nashville music community, in partnership with the Black Music Action Coalition. For more information, visit or


The Star is the 91-acre campus of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and training facility in Frisco, Texas. Developed as a first-of-its-kind partnership between the City of Frisco, Frisco ISD and the Dallas Cowboys, The Star features Ford Center, a 12,000-seat stadium that hosts Frisco ISD football games, concerts and other events; Cowboys Fit, a 60,000 square-foot gym developed in partnership with leading fitness developer, Mark Mastrov; Cowboys Club, a members-only club where the country club meets the NFL; the Omni Frisco Hotel, a 16-floor, 300-room luxury hotel; Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at The Star, a 300,000 square-foot center of excellence for sports medicine; Twelve Cowboys Way, a 17-story, luxury residential tower in partnership between Pro Football Hall-of-Fame Quarterback #12 Roger Staubach, and Dallas-based developer and former Dallas Cowboys center, Robert Shaw; Formation, a dynamic coworking experience offering a collaborative work environment of open workspace, dedicated desks and private offices; as well as a variety of shopping, dining and nightlife options throughout The Star District. For more information on The Star, visit

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