ACM Awards 2020: How, Where, When to Watch

by Chris Haney
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After a six-month delay, the 55th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will finally announce the winners of 2020 on Wednesday night. Award show organizers delayed the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but eventually decided on a plan of how and where to stage the ACM Awards show.

The event is called “A Night of Heart and Hits Live From Nashville,” and country star Keith Urban will host the 2020 ACM Awards. The annual event will feature the typical reading of the envelopes, as well as live and pre-taped performances. Here’s the rundown of everything you need to know for the big night.

The ACM Awards Are When?

The 55th annual ACM Awards will take place on the night of Wednesday, September 16th. The original event was scheduled for April 5th in Las Vegas. However, organizers postponed the show because of the pandemic.

The ACM Awards Are Where?

The Ryman Auditorium (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Surprisingly, the ACMs Awards will be hosted from Nashville, TN for the first time in the award show’s history. They will be held at three separate music venues at the same time that are famouse in Nashville and country music. They include the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe.

How to Watch the ACM Awards

The ACM Awards will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET on September 16th. However, the show will air on a tape delay on the West Coast. You can watch a livestream of the show via CBS All Access. For new users, the streaming service is offering a 7-day free trial right now. Viewers will be able to watch the event live or on demand the following day.

Who is Nominated for an ACM Award This Year?

The top nominees for this year’s ACM Awards are Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, and producer-musician Dann Huff. Each of the artists have been nominated in five categories. Other artists with multiple nominees include Blake Shelton, Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, and Luke Combs.

Who is Nominated for Entertainer of the Year?

Five nominees will compete for the top award of the night – 2020 Entertainer of the Year. This year the list includes Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, and Carrie Underwood.

Who Will Be Hosting the ACM Awards This Year?

Australian country star Keith Urban will host the 2020 ACM Awards from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN. Award presenters this year include Lauren Alaina, Lily Aldridge, Bobby Bones, and Darius Rucker.

Who Will Be Performing at the ACM Awards This Year?

Taylor Swift (Photo by Dave Hogan/ABA/Getty Images)

Taylor Swift is returning to the ACMs for the first time in seven years. In fact, Swift is debuting a live performance of “Betty,” off her new album Folklore. Other performances include Keith Urban collaborating with Pink, Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi, Trisha Yearwood, Kelsea Ballerini, and Miranda Lambert. Furthermore, Mickey Guyton, Tim McGraw, and Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani will all perform at the awards show. Additionally, the five nominees for Entertainer of the Year will open the show with a medley of their hits.

[H/T Rolling Stone]

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