The 2021 ACM Awards Are Heading Back to Nashville

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The ACM Awards are coming back to Music City.

After moving to Nashville from their traditional location in Vegas last year due to the pandemic, the Academy of Country Music announced today that their 56th annual awards show will once again be broadcast live from three historic venues – the Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry House and the Bluebird Cafe.

Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music, said in a statement:

“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.

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 ACMs will also donate $25,000 to the Music City, Inc. foundation for their Nashville Christmas Day Explosion Relief Fund to help musicians who are still out of work due to damage to venues from the Christmas Day bombing.

There’s no word yet on whether an audience will be allowed at this year’s show, but the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium have both been allowing a limited number of fans to attend shows at their venues so we may see some sort of a limited audience at this year’s show after the 2020 version featured performers playing to mostly-empty rooms.

The host and performers for this year’s show have also not been announced – although the Academy did announce that Morgan Wallen would not be performing and will not be eligible for any awards this year after his n-word controversy.

Now let’s just hope they don’t try to pull the “Co-Entertainer of the Year bullshit again this year.

We all know who the Entertainer of the Year should be this time around.

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