Academy of Country Music Awards Return To Nashville in 2021
The ACM Awards will return to Music City in 2021. The Academy of Country Music, dick clark productions, and CBS…
Thomas Rhett And Carrie Underwood; Photo by Brent Harrington/CBS
The ACM Awards will return to Music City in 2021.
The Academy of Country Music, dick clark productions, and CBS announced the news on Tuesday, revealing that the Academy of Country Music Awards will return to Nashville for the second consecutive year.
The 56th ACM Awards will broadcast live from three iconic country music venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe on Sunday, April 18 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network and will also be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ upcoming global streaming service.
“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. “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 #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 56th ACM Awards will honoring and showcase the biggest names and emerging talent in country music and will also feature exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations, surprising moments and more to be announced in the coming months.
In support of the city of Nashville, ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, will donate $25,000 to the Music City, Inc. foundation for their Nashville Christmas Day Explosion Relief Fund, with funds earmarked for local musicians out of work due to damage to venues.
“ACM Lifting Lives is proud to support the city of Nashville, our home of the 56th ACM Awards, through a $25,000 donation to Music City, Inc. foundation for the Nashville Christmas Day Explosion Relief Fund,” said Lyndsay Cruz, ACM Lifting Lives Executive Director. “The impact of the explosion was felt throughout the music community, and we hope this donation can help alleviate some of the burden on the community.”
Additional information regarding the show, including ACM nominees and the host, will be announced in the coming weeks.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.