Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton to Co-Host 56th ACM Awards on April 18

by Josh Lanier

The ACM Awards are hoping to get back to normal following a difficult and different award ceremony last year. Keith Urban, who hosted the delayed award ceremony in September, is returning as host. But this time he’s bringing Mickey Guyton as co-host.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be co-hosting with my friend Mickey,” said Urban in a news release. “I love that finally everyone will get to see her infectious energy and uber creative spirit in full light.”

The duo performed Guyton’s hit “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” at last year’s ACM Awards.

This will hopefully be the last ACM Awards under COVID-19 restrictions. And, like last year, they’re splitting up the venues and will film performances at the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry House, and the Bluebird Cafe.

This has the makings of a break-out year for Guyton. After her viral rendition of “What are you going to tell her?” at last year’s show, the Texas-native’s star has only risen.

“Last year I had the opportunity to perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards with someone I long admired, Keith Urban, and this year I am incredibly excited to share hosting duties with him,” said Guyton in a news release. “As I’ve said before ‘if you can see it, you can be it,’ and it’s such an honor to step onto the ACM stage as the first-ever Black woman to host the show. Over the years, the Academy of Country Music has always been a home for me through opportunities both onstage and throughout their work on diversity and inclusion. This is a moment of great significance for me and I am so thrilled to share it with all the fans.”

Keith Urban, Mickey Guyton Release Joint Video

The label-mates announced their joint hosting duties through videos on their social media accounts.

Urban returns for his second year after hosting the 55th ACM Awards in September. This marks Guyton’s first time hosting the ceremony.

“I was thinking it would be kind of cool if I had someone to co-host with me this time,” he said, before calling Guyton to ask if she’ll join him.

“Do I have a pulse? Of course,” she said. “I’m trying to be really calm right now, and professional, but yes, I would love to.”

Urban is twice nominated in the Music Event of the Year Category for his collaboration with P!nk on his latest single, “One Too Many,” for which he received an additional nomination as the song’s producer. In addition, he received a nomination for his collaboration with Thomas Rhett, Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, and Chris Tomlin on “Be A Light.”

The 56th annual ACM Awards airs Sunday, April 18th at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

See a list of full list of nominees here.