ACM Confirms Rescheduled Date for 2020 ACM Awards

The 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards officially has a new airdate. The Academy of Country Music and dick…


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The 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards officially has a new airdate.

The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced Monday (March 23) that the 2020 ACM Awards will air Wednesday, Sept. 16 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on CBS. “Country Music’s Party of the Year” will also stream live and on-demand on CBS All Access.

Reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban is confirmed to host the newly rescheduled show, taking on the hosting role for the first time ever.

The 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, originally slated to take place on April 5, shifted to September due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Announced last week, the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions teamed up to fill the original ACM Awards time slot with a one-of-a-kind entertainment special: ACM Presents: Our Country. The two-hour special will feature at-home acoustic performances from some of country music’s biggest stars. The broadcast will also include clips of artists’ favorite moments the ACM Awards’ 55-year history.

ACM Presents: Our Country will air Sunday, April 5 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.