ACM Awards returning to Nashville in 2021, will again broadcast from 3 venues

Carrie Underwood
Posted at 10:11 AM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 11:33:12-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Academy of Country Music Awards is returning to Nashville again in 2021.

The Academy of Country Music made the announcement Tuesday morning, saying the show will again broadcast live from three iconic venues – the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe.

The pandemic delayed last year's show until September 2020, and for the first time, the event was moved from Las Vegas to Nashville.

“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,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “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.”

The ACM Awards will showcase some of the biggest names and emerging talent in country music, and will feature “exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations and surprising moments.” More details about this year’s show will be announced in the coming months.

The academy also said its ACM Lifting Lives charity will donate $25,000 to the Music City, Inc. foundation for its Nashville Christmas Day Explosion Relief Fund, with funds designated for local musicians who are out of work due to damage to venues.

Due to the pandemic, the ACMs said “all guidelines set forth by national, state and local health officials will be closely followed and implemented during the production along with additional safety measures to be instated by dick clark productions and the Academy of Country Music.”

The show will air live at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, on NewsChannel 5.