Originally postponed as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Academy of Country Music announced today (February 16) that they will be back for their 56th annual show in Nashville.
Set to be broadcast on CBS on April 18, the show will pay homage to Music City by taking place in three of Nashville’s legendary venues; the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe.
Viewers will be able to stream the ceremony live and on-demand on Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ new streaming service.
The host and performers have yet to be announced but the show’s producers promise “exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations, surprising moments and more”. Aware of the difficult times both the industry has suffered, the Academy of Country Music will be supporting Nashville via its charitable arm, ACM Lifting Lives.
Last year’s ACM Awards were hosted by Keith Urban for the first time and featured performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Florida Georgia Line. and more.
The #ACMawards are heading back to Music City! 🎶 Join Country’s biggest stars on Sunday, April 18th as they broadcast live from three iconic Nashville venues—The @opry, @theryman, and @BluebirdCafeTN! The show will air on @CBS at 8/7C. See you there! pic.twitter.com/r7xY18Y7Bt
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) February 16, 2021
The charity will donate $25,000 to the Music City Inc. foundation for their Nashville Christmas Day Explosion Relief Fund, with a section of funds designated for local musicians who were impacted by the Christmas Day incident that damaged a number of venues and dozens of buildings last year.
“We’re thrilled to return to Music City’s most iconic venues as we come together on April 18th to celebrate the best in Country Music, back in our normal awards cycle,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music, in a press release “A huge thank you to the city of Nashville, Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and Bluebird Cafe for welcoming us back to Nashville, where we can look out for the safety of our artists while shining a spotlight on this vibrant city after a tough 2020.”
The 56th ACM Awards, produced by Dick Clark Productions, will air on April 18 at 8 pm on CBS.
For more information head to the Academy of Country Music official site.