Carly Pearce To Host 14th Annual ACM Honors
Lauren Alaina, Devin Dawson, Sara Evans, HARDY and more will perform.
Carly Peace; Photo Courtesy ACM Awards
Two-time ACM Award winner Carly Pearce has been tapped to host the 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors, taking place in Nashville on Wednesday, August 25.
Airing live on Circle Network’s social channels, the star-studded ceremony will place place at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
“I am humbled and excited to be hosting the 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors ceremony for the first time,” expressed Carly. “Winning two ACM awards this year was a dream come true, and I cannot wait to share that same feeling with my fellow artists and industry friends as their special moments are recognized. I look forward to a night of honoring the best in Country Music on August 25!”
Artists confirmed to perform include Lauren Alaina, Devin Dawson, Sara Evans, HARDY, Chris Janson, Lady A, Ashley McBryde, RaeLynn and Lee Ann Womack. Additional guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
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“The Academy is excited to be back in Nashville with our star-studded 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors celebration and to welcome ACM Award winner Carly Pearce as our host,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “We look forward to having industry and fans join us as we recognize the significant accomplishments of our 55th and 56th Studio Recording Awards, Industry Awards, Songwriter of the Year and Special Awards winners with a night of unforgettable performances. A special congratulations to all of our winners and honorees, and a huge thank you to all of our performers, partners and the Country Music community for joining us to celebrate them together at the Ryman.”
“This has always been a night that the ACM honors the Nashville music community. Now, with this Circle All Access livestream, we’ll be able to bring it to fans around the world besides those in the Ryman pews. And then later we’ll air it as a tv special on Circle TV,” said Drew Reifenberger, general manager of Circle Network.
This year’s honorees include Luke Combs, Rascal Flatts, Lady A, Dan + Shay, Toby Keith, Loretta Lynn and more. The Academy of Country Music Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors for specific achievements. The eligibility period for this year’s ACM Honors was January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020. Click HERE to view a full list of Special Award winners.
Additionally, off-camera categories from the 55th ACM Awards will be honored during the event.
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.