Here’s the country music connection at Sunday night’s Academy Awards

ABC/Image Group LAIf you don't want to watch the Academy Awards this Sunday night because no country stars are involved, it turns out you're wrong...sort of. Chris Stapleton contributed the song “Outlaw State of Mind” to the soundtrack of Best Picture Nominee Hell or High Water.

In the film, two brothers, played by Chris Pine and Ben Foster, rob branches of a West Texas bank to obtain enough money to prevent foreclosure of their family ranch. A crafty Texas Ranger, played by Jeff Bridges, is soon on the case -- his last before he retires -- and as he zeroes in on them, the brothers attempt one last score.

Hell or High Water received a total of four Academy Award nominations, including one for Jeff Bridges as Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the crusty lawman.

The 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday night, beginning 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC. The network's red carpet coverage gets under way at 7 p.m. ET.

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Kelsea Ballerini’s main squeeze Morgan Evans wants to "Kiss Somebody"

Kelsea Ballerini's main squeeze Morgan Evans wants to "Kiss Somebody"Warner Nashville/Robby KleinSo far, we’ve gotten to know Australian Morgan Evans mainly as Kelsea Ballerini’s fiancé, and through his mega-mashup covers of established hitmakers. But Friday, we’ll get our first taste of his own music, as Morgan releases his first single for Warner Nashville, titled “Kiss Somebody.”

On his socials, Morgan teases a special “prelude” video that’s coming as well. Inspired by the song’s lyric “sometimes you’ve got to kiss somebody in the back of a cab,” the new clip finds Morgan performing the tune in a vintage taxi, as he rides around Music City on a hot summer night.

As for the person Morgan happens to be kissing in real life, Kelsea has teased that the two definitely plan to make their union official before 2017 comes to a close.

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2 SLEEPS. #KissSomebody💋 pic.twitter.com/dJ8X1SGXtB

— Morgan Evans (@Morgan_Evans) July 19, 2017