2020 ACM Awards: Everything You Need To Know

Keith Urban; Photo by Russ Harrington/CBS
Keith Urban; Photo by Russ Harrington/CBS
Keith Urban; Photo by Russ Harrington/CBS

A “Night of Hearts and Hits” is upon us! The 55th ACM Awards will air live on Wednesday, September 16 from three iconic country music venues including Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe at 8 p.m. EST on CBS Television Network and will stream live and on-demand on CBS All Access.

The ACM Awards were originally scheduled to broadcast live from Las Vegas at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 5, but rescheduled and moved to Nashville due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about the 2020 ACM Awards, including how to watch, who’s hosting, performing and more.

How To Watch:

The 55th Annual ACM Awards will air live on Wednesday, September 16th from 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network and will also stream live, on-demand and on CBS All Access.

Who Is Hosting:

Reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year and 15-time ACM Award-winner Keith Urban is confirmed to host the star-studded event.

Who Is Nominated:

Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion lead the nominees with five nods each.

Nominees include Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Maddie and Tae, Lady A, Little Big Town, Midland, Old Dominion, The Highwomen (Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires), Ingrid Andress, Gabby Barrett, Lindsay Ell, Caylee Hammack, Jordan Davis, Russell Dickerson, Cody Johnson, Morgan Wallen, Jon Pardi, Blake Shelton, Justin Bieber, Ashley McBryde, Elle King, Garth Brooks, Brantley Gilbert, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lil Nas X and songwriters Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy (HARDY), Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.

Ahead of the awards ceremony, the Academy of Country Music announced several winners, including Riley Green as New Male Artist of the Year and Tenille Townes as New Female Artist of the Year, Thomas Rhett’s “Remember You Young” as Video of the Year and Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack and Elle King’s “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” for Music Event of the Year,

Click HERE for a full list of nominees and the categories they are nominated in.

Who Is Performing:

Ryman Auditorium
Kelsea Ballerini – “Hole In The Bottle”
Gabby Barrett – “I Hope”
Maren Morris – “To Hell & Back”
Old Dominion – Medley Of No. 1 Hits
Thomas Rhett feat. Jon Pardi – “Beer Can’t Fix”
Riley Green – “I Wish Grandpa Never Died”
Tenille Townes – TBA

The Bluebird Cafe
Jimmie Allen – “Make Me Want To”
Luke Combs – “Better Together”
Miranda Lambert feat. Natalie Hemby and Luke Dick – “Bluebird”
Tim McGraw – “I Called Mama”

Grand Ole Opry House
Kane Brown – “Worldwide Beautiful”
Luke Bryan – “One Margarita”
Eric Church – “Stick That In Your Country Song”
Dan + Shay – “I Should Probably Go To Bed”
Florida Georgia Line – “I Love My Country”
Mickey Guyton – “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?”
Morgan Wallen – “Whiskey Glasses”
Carrie Underwood – Medley of Songs by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton

Location TBD
Trisha Yearwood – “I’ll Carry You Home” (In Memoriam Tribute)
Blake Shelton feat. Gwen Stefani – “Happy Anywhere”
Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood – Medley Of Their Greatest Hits
Keith Urban and P!nk – “One Too Many”

Who Is Presenting:

Lauren Alaina, Lily Aldridge, Clint Black & Lisa Hartman Black, Bobby Bones, Cam, Darius Rucker, Runaway June, CeCe Winans and more.

Bonus Performance:

Gabby Barrett performing her latest single, “The Good Ones,” at the Ryman.

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