ACM Awards Return To Texas and Prime Video In 2023

Dolly Parton; Photo by Getty Images for ACM
Dolly Parton; Photo by Getty Images for ACM
Dolly Parton; Photo by Getty Images for ACM

The Academy of Country Music Awards will return to Texas in 2023.

The ACM just announced that the 58th Annual ACM Awards will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Prime Video revealed plans to collaborate with the Academy of Country Music and MRC to exclusively livestream the 2023 show for a global audience.

The renewal came after the 57th annual awards, which acted as the first major awards show to stream live exclusively for a global audience. Through Prime Video, Amazon Music, Amazon Fashion, Amazon Freevee, and Amazon Live, to name a few, fans were able to watch the star-studded show.

This year’s ACM Awards earned a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Awards. It is still available for viewing on Prime Video, Amazon Freevee, and Amazon Music Unlimited.

In addition, exclusive merchandise from stars as well as limited-edition 57th ACM Awards products are still available here.

Produced by MRC Live & Alternative, Raj Kapoor will serve as executive producer for the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards. He has worked on ACM Awards in the past, in addition to the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and Vegas music residencies for stars including Shania Twain, Jason Aldean, Jonas Brothers, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, and Carrie Underwood. The executive producer for the Academy of Country Music is Damon Whiteside. 

“We are thrilled to once again bring the Emmy Award-nominated Academy of Country Music Awards to our global audience,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “The 2022 show gave viewers an immersive, fan-first nonstop event, showcasing the ability to create dynamic experiences across Amazon even after the live show ends. We are excited to join with the Academy of Country Music and MRC for 2023 once again and to help redefine the award show experience for fans.”

“The Academy is proud to extend our relationship with Amazon to once again deliver the ACM Awards live to a global audience on Prime Video,” said Academy of Country Music CEO Damon Whiteside. “The March 2022 show was a defining moment for the ACM and a huge step forward for country music, allowing audiences around the world to see their favorite artists perform live and be recognized for their excellence. We can’t wait to take the show to a new level for fans with an exciting new venue and integrated partnership with the Dallas Cowboys.” 

“This was a paradigm shift for the Academy of Country Music Awards to move to streaming in its 57th year and we owe its success to the impressive team at Amazon who unlocked tremendous value across their services,” said MRC Live & Alternative President Adam Stotsky. “We are excited to name Raj Kapoor as Executive Producer and to deliver an immersive experience that continues to unlock a powerful value proposition for artists and consumers alike and presents country music in a new and different way on a global stage.” 

“Country is a cornerstone of Amazon Music,” said Ryan Redington, VP of music industry at Amazon Music. “This year’s event paved the way for an incredibly powerful, cross-Amazon collaboration for one of the biggest country music moments of the year and we look forward to expanding to new heights in celebration of the 2023 nominees.”

The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco first opened in 2016 and is home of the practice facility for the Dallas Cowboys. The 58th ACM Awards will mark the first awards show to ever be held at Ford Center and the ACM Awards return to Texas following the monumental 50th ACM Awards.

The 2022 show was hosted by the legendary Dolly Parton and co-hosted by country hitmakers Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett. The two-hour event was streamed live globally on Prime Video from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. 

With 22 performances from 28 artists including all three hosts, country’s biggest names performed at the show. The biggest award of the night went to Miranda Lambert, where she was named Entertainer of the Year for the first time in her career. She now has 37 ACM Awards under her belt, making her the most awarded artist in ACM Awards history. Rising star Lainey Wilson won the most awards of the night with a total of three wins, followed by Lambert and Carly Pearce who each won two.

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