After postponing last year’s event until September and then socially distancing the show due to COVID-19, the Academy of Country Music announced on Tuesday (Feb. 16) that the 56th annual ACM Awards will be back in Nashville on April 18 for a broadcast that will pay homage to Music City by setting up in three of its most iconic venues.
The show will be broadcast on CBS from the Grand Ole Opry House, as well as the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe. The event will also 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 in a statement.
“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.”
At press time, no host or performers had been announced, but the show’s producers promise “exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations, surprising moments and more” to be rolled out in the next few months. The awards broadcast is also expected to adhere to all pandemic protocols to keep the performers and presenters safe.
In an effort to support Nashville, the Academy of Country Music’s charitable arm, ACM Lifting Lives, will donate $25,000 to the Music City, Inc. foundation for their Nashville Christmas Day Explosion Relief Fund, with the funds earmarked for local musicians out of work due to damage to venues from the Christmas Day incident that damaged dozens of downtown buildings.
The 56th ACM Awards airs April 18 at 8 p.m. on CBS. (The event is produced by dick clark productions, which shares a parent company with Billboard.)