2022 ACM Awards Move to Amazon Prime Video After More Than 20 Years on CBS

by Taylor Cunningham

After being with CBS since 1998, The Academy of Country Music Awards will move to Amazon Prime. The ACM Awards will livestream on the platform in 2022.

Today, Prime announced that they will livestream the 57th ACM Awards, produced by MRC’s Dick Clark Productions. The award show, which debuted in 1966, has aired on CBS for over 20 years. Next year will mark the first time a major awards show has livestreamed exclusively.

“We are thrilled that the Academy of Country Music Awards are first to take this giant step toward the future of awards shows with Amazon Prime Video,” said ACM’s CEO Damon Whiteside. “This partnership, which reinforces our position as an innovative, progressive awards show, will deliver the broadest possible audience and, simultaneously, deliver massive value to our artists whose music lives inside this ecosystem, enabling fans to discover and stream music as they watch.”

“We’re excited to continue to expand our content offerings for Prime Video customers by being the exclusive home for the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2022 and honoring the best in country music,” announced the co-head of television at Amazon Studios, Vernon Sanders.

“We congratulate our partners at the Academy and Amazon for blazing a path for the future of live awards shows. Our team is excited to be part of the creative and entrepreneurial innovations that streaming technology will unleash,” said MRC co-CEO Modi Wiczyk.

Instead of airing the ACM Awards in early April, CBS will replace it with the CMT Awards. That is set to air on April 3rd, 2022.

The ACM Awards has showcased country music’s emerging artists and honored the biggest names for almost 55 years. Amazon will release the date for the 2022 awards later this year.

Check Out The ‘ACM Honors’ Lineup

The 14th annual ACM Honors airs next week and will recognize the best in country music.

Country-pop singer Carly Pearce, who is a two-time ACM Award winner, will host the show. And ACM will honor stars such as Luke Combs, Rascal Flatts, and Toby Keith.

The ACM will be handing a coveted Poet Awards to Loretta Lynn. Lynn is one of the most iconic artists in country music history. And she recently sent a touching and thankful message to her fans on Twitter.

“This is such an honor for me,” Lynn wrote. “Anytime others acknowledge your work it means so much and especially to receive the @ACMawards Poet Award because writing music has been a greater love to me than singing it.”

Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium will host the show, which will include a long list of performances—17 to be exact. The confirmed bands include country music greats like Sara Evans, Keith Urban, and Lee Ann Womack. We can also expect to hear host, Carly Pearce, perform as well.

Catch the ACM Honors celebration on Wednesday, August 25th on any of the Circle Network’s social channels.