The 2021 ACM Awards will once again take place in Nashville this year, due to the ongoing pandemic. The awards ceremony, which are typically held in Las Vegas, will this year take place at the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe, much like they did for the 2020 ACM Awards.
“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,” Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music, said 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.”
In addition to holding the ACM Awards in Music City, ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, will make a donation to help those struggling in Nashville as a result of the tragic Christmas Day bombing.
“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,” Lyndsay Cruz, ACM Lifting Lives Executive Director, said. “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.”
The 2020 ACM Awards, originally scheduled for April, moved to September last year, out of COVID-19 concerns. Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett tied for the night’s highest honor, Entertainer of the Year.
The 2021 ACM Awards will air on Sunday, April 18 at 8:00-11:00 PM ET on CBS, and will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ upcoming global streaming service. Nominees are expected to be announced shortly. More information can be found at ACMCountry.com.