Music ACM Awards

This April 7, 2019, file photo shows host Reba McEntire on stage at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. This year's show will air on April 18 on CBS from the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe. 

For the second year in a row, the accomplishments of country music icons will be recognized by their peers in the genre's hometown.

On Sunday, April 18, the 56th edition of the Academy of Country Music Awards will broadcast from three Nashville locations: the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe.

All three served as broadcast sites in 2020 as well.

This year's broadcast will start at 7 p.m. CST on CBS and the Paramount+ streaming service.

“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,” Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music, said in a prepared statement. “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.”

All local, state and national COVID-19 guidelines will be followed in production, according to the release.

Additionally, in conjunction with the announcement, ACM Lifting Lives will donate $25,000 to the Music City Inc. foundation for its Nashville Christmas Day Explosion Relief Fund.

Funds will go to local musicians who are out of work due to venue damage.

In 2020, ACM traded previous host cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Dallas, to name a few, for Music City.

Though most nominees have not yet been announced, already Nashville is well represented with WSIX-FM up for Radio Station of the Year (large market). Other individual broadcaster nominees also have ties to the area.

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