With the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards moved to September due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions have teamed up for a one-of-a-kind entertainment special: ACM Presents: Our Country. The two-hour special will fill the broadcast slot previously set aside for the ACM Awards and will feature at-home acoustic performances from some of country music’s biggest stars. The broadcast will also include clips of artists’ favorite moments the ACM Awards’ 55-year history.
A press release from the Academy of Country Music states that “it will be a night filled with entertainment, hope and reflection, bringing the healing power of music to Americans at a time when they need it most.”
“Although the highly anticipated 55th ACM Awards show is unable to take place on April 5th due to the health crisis, we still wanted to deliver fans an entertaining ACM Country Music special as planned,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “We are thrilled to announce ‘ACM Presents: Our Country,’ an all-new special that allows fans to connect with their favorite country artists and to relive some of the greatest moments of the ACM Awards, all from the comfort and safety of their own homes.”
“Music has always served as a powerful form of hope and solidarity during challenging times,” added Amy Thurlow, President, dick clark productions. “It’s our privilege to offer audiences an uplifting message through music as well as a look back at some of the best moments in ACM Awards history.”
“Broadcast television and music have always been mediums that bring people together,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “From their living rooms to yours, CBS is pleased to partner with the ACM and dick clark productions to have some of today’s biggest country artists connect with and entertain fans in an intimate way while allowing everyone to stay safe.”
ACM Presents: Our Country will air Sunday, April 5 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.