For the first time in its history, the ACM Awards arrive in Nashville.
The Academy of Country Music announced Monday that it will host its 2020 awards ceremony in Nashville on September 16.
The show will take place in three locations in Nashville: the Ryman Auditorium, the Bluebird Cafe and the Grand Ole Opry House.
The move comes after the Academy was forced to postpone its 2020 ceremony – originally scheduled for April 5 in Las Vegas – due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ACM CEO Damon Whiteside made the announcement at Monday’s press conference with Nashville Mayor John Cooper.
“Being at Music City allows us to honor a rich heritage at the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe,” said Whiteside.
Whiteside said the decision whether the broadcast would include a live audience would be announced at a later date.
The show will be broadcast live from the Bluebird Cafe and the Opry House, but segments of the Ryman Auditorium will be recorded in advance.
The ACM clarified this point on Monday afternoon after questions were raised about the Americana Honors & Awards Show, which is still scheduled to take place at the Ryman on September 16.
The first price move to Nashville occurred more than 50 years after its founding. Originally named the Country and Western Music Academy, it sought to promote country music produced in the western states – unlike music made in Nashville.
As this distinction has blurred in traditional country music, the organization’s presence in Nashville has grown. For the past decade, he has held his annual ACM awards ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium.
The ACM Awards will be broadcast at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday September 16 on CBS.
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