The ACM Awards are moving.
Due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus The Academy of Country Music announced Monday (April 27), during Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s COVID-19 press conference, that the Awards show will be moving to Nashville, TN on September 16 for the first time in the history of the awards show.
The new show will take place at three historic venues throughout Nashville, including The Grand Ole Opry House, The Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. There has been no decision made on whether on not they will have an audience.
“While we were disappointed to postpone our April show in Las Vegas, we couldn’t be more thrilled to host the rescheduled 55th ACM Awards in the home of Country Music for the first time in the Academy’s history,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “First and foremost, we want to ensure the safety of our artists and industry, and to ease the burdens of traveling large teams; therefore, we decided to bring the ACM Awards to them this September in Nashville. Now, more than ever, is the time to bring our community together to honor the best in our genre, and there is no more special place to do that than three of the most revered venues in Country Music – The Grand Ole Opry House, The Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. A huge thank you to these historic venues and to the state of Tennessee and city of Nashville for all of the support in making this a reality!”
The ACM Awards has taken place in Las Vegas since 2003, after moving location from Los Angeles. While it changed locations throughout Vegas—Mandalay Bay Events Center, MGM Grand Garden Arena and T-Mobile Arena—it has remained in the city for 16 years, with the exception of 2015 where it took place AT& T stadium in Texas for the 50th Anniversary.
As previously announced, the 55TH Academy of Country Music Awards was originally scheduled to air on Sunday, April 5 and was postponed due to COVID-19.
Keith Urban is set to host the 55th Annual award show.