The 56th annual ACM Awards was broadcast live on Sunday, April 18, 2021 from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. ET on CBS.
This year's venues, like last year, included The Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry House and Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
ACM Award nominations (also see WINNERS, below) had Chris Stapleton and Maren Morris leading the pack with six nods each.
Hosting the 2021 AMCs was Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton.
New this year? In a surprise early announcement on April 8th, New Male Artist and New Female Artist awards went to Jimmy Allen and Gaby Barrett each of whom performed on the big night
Joing them was an all-star performance lineup that also included Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, and Maren Morris,
Just up ahead, check out the complete list of 2021 ACM Awards nominees and WINNERS along with related fun facts and trivia on one country music's biggest nights
ACM Awards 2020 rewind
Carrie Underwood perfomed a medley of classic country hits live from the Grand Ole Oprey.
2020 ACM nominees included Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett Morris leading the pack this year with five nods each, followed by Dan + Shay and Blake Shelton with four nominations.
The 55th annual Academy of Country Music Awards was hosted for the first time ever by superstar Keith Urban, who did double duty as the host & performer. Also performing were the nights' five nominees for entertainer of the year -- including
Carrie Underwood, Trisha Yearwood and the team of Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani.
Completing the night's all-star performance lineup was Taylor Swift (in her first ACM appearance in seven years) along with Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Riley Green, Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes, and Morgan Wallen.
Country star couple Clint Black & Lisa Hartman Black served as presenters together with Lauren Alaina, Lily Aldridge, Bobby Bones, Cam, Darius Rucker and Runaway June.
DID YOU KNOW? ACM Awards trivia & fun facts
• The ACM Awards first aired in 1966. The first artist to be named ACM's Entertainer of the Year was Merle Haggard.
• The first woman to win Entertainer of the Year was Loretta Lynn in 1975.
• The Academy added a Video of the Year category in 1984. That year, Hank Williams Jr. won for "All My Rowdy Friends Are Comin' Over Tonight."
• Garth Brooks currently holds the most number of wins as Entertainer of the Year with four consecutive wins from 1990-1993 and two in 1997 and 1998.
• Reba holds the record for the most Female Vocalist of the Year wins with seven. She also has hosted the ACM Awards 15 times, more than any other individual.
• The all-time record for most ACM wins goes to country duo Brooks & Dunn who have won a total of 27 awards.
2021 ACM Nominees & WINNERS
Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan – WINNER
Female Artist of the Year
Ashley McBryde Maren Morris – WINNER
Male Artist of the Year
Luke Combs Thomas Rhett – WINNER
Duo of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne Dan + Shay – WINNER
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Group of the Year
Little Big Town Old Dominion – WINNER
The Cadillac Three
New Female Artist of the Year
Tenille Arts Gabby Barrett – WINNER
New Male Artist of the Year Jimmie Allen – WINNER
Album of the Year Born Here Live Here Die Here, Luke Bryan Mixtape Vol. 1, Kane Brown Never Will, Ashley McBryde Skeletons, Brothers Osborne Starting Over, Chris Stapleton – WINNER
Single of the Year
“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert
“I Hope,” Gabby Barrett “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice – WINNER
“More Hearts Than Mine,” Ingrid Andress
“The Bones,” Maren Morris
Song of the Year
“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert (Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby)
“One Night Standards,” Ashley McBryde (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally)
“Some People Do,” Old Dominion (Jesse Frasure, Matt Ramsey, Thomas Rhett, Shane McAnally)
“Starting Over,” Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson) “The Bones,” Maren Morris (Jimmy Robbins, Maren Morris, Laura Veltz) – WINNER
Video of the Year
“Better Than We Found It,” Maren Morris
“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert
“Gone,” Dierks Bentley
“Hallelujah,” Carrie Underwood and John Legend “Worldwide Beautiful,” Kane Brown – WINNER
Music Event of the Year
“Be a Light,” Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
“Does to Me,” Luke Combs featuring Eric Church “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carly Pearce & Lee Brice – WINNER
“Nobody But You,” Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani
“One Beer,” Hardy featuring Lauren Alaina & Devin Dawson
“One Too Many,” Keith Urban, Pink
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