Country Music Fans Won’t Be Able to Watch the 2022 ACM’s on TV: Here’s Why

by Joe Rutland
(Photo by John Shearer/ACMA2021/Getty Images for ACM)

If you are a country music fan, Outsiders, then we have some bad news for you. The 2022 ACM’s will not be on a television network.

You read that right. According to an article from PopCulture, the 2022 ACM’s will be carried by
Amazon Prime Video. It will be the first awards ceremony to be live-streamed on Amazon’s platform.

How did this happen? For many years, country music fans have been able to watch the Academy of Country Music Awards show on CBS. But the network announced last June that it would not be carrying the ceremonies again. In fact, the CMT Awards show will be on CBS in April 2022.

Amazon and the Academy of Country Music shared that they would reveal the date and location for the show at a later date.

2022 ACM’s Received Warm Welcome From Live-Streaming Platform

In July, Variety reported that CBS was talking with Dick Clark Productions about airing the ceremony. But that fell apart after DCP offered $22 million for the ceremony’s television rights.

So, off the 2022 ACM’s go to Amazon Prime Video.

“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,” Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music said in a statement. He added that the partnership “will deliver the broadest possible audience” for the show.

“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,” Vernon Sanders, co-head of television for Amazon Studios, said in another statement. “Reaching this milestone with our partners at the Academy of Country Music and MRC as the first major awards show to be live-streamed speaks to our dedication and commitment to continue to both entertain and innovate for our audience.”

Academy of Country Music Awards Honored George Jones in 1993

Before we leave the 2022 ACM’s heading to Amazon, let’s take a brief journey back to 1993 when George Jones was honored.

Jones, who recorded songs like “White Lightning” and “The Race Is On” to become standard country fare, received the Pioneer Award that year.

A lot of country music legends looked up to the guy from Southeast Texas. Among them are Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, and Waylon Jennings.

Musicians and fans found something in common with his music. Nicknamed “Possum,” George Jones helped country music stay pure and focused. He loved the traditional style of it.

And he stayed dedicated to that sound only one of country music’s pioneers would know so well.