In addition to being nominated for multiple awards at this weekend's ACM Awards, Chris Stapleton will perform a song from his ACM-nominated album, Starting Over, called "Maggie's Song." The tear-jerker was written about their beloved dog, Maggie, whom the family had for 14 years.

Chris tells us: [“She was a dog that deserved a song so I wrote a song about her the day after she died. That song happened to carry through to me being allowed to play it live, and we wound up in the studio and we recorded it, and now it lives in the world to make people more sad than they deserve to be (laughs) in a year that we don’t need much of that, but I loved that dog very much, and she was a great member of our family.”] SOUNDCUE (:26 OC: . . . of our family.)

Chris heads into Sunday’s (April 18th) 56th ACM Awards as the lead nominee with six nominations in four categories: Entertainer of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (Starting Over as both artist and producer) and Song of the Year (“Starting Over” as both artist and songwriter). The show will be broadcast from three different venues in Nashville on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

Chris Stapleton On ‘Maggie’s Song’ :