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ACM Awards logoWatch for the 56th annual ACM Awards to be 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, will include The Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry House and Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.

ACM Award nominations have already been announced with Chris Stapleton and Maren Morris leading the pack with six nods each.

Hosting the 2021 AMCs will be 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, who will each be performing on the big night.

They will be joined an all-star performance lineup that also includes 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, Maren Morris, and many more!

Meanwhile, keep it here for more updates including the night's big winners when the ACM Awards show airs in April!

Just up ahead, check out the complete list of 2021 ACM Awards nominees along with related fun facts and trivia on one country music's biggest nights


ACM Awards 2020 rewind

Carrie Underwood with microphone
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

Entertainer of the Year

Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Female Artist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris
Carly Pearce

Male Artist of the Year

Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

Group of the Year

Lady A
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
The Cadillac Three
The Highwomen

New Female Artist of the Year

Ingrid Andress
Tenille Arts
Gabby Barrett - Winner
Mickey Guyton
Caylee Hammack
New Male Artist of the Year

Jimmie Allen - Winner
Travis Denning
Cody Johnson
Parker McCollum

Album of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

Born Here Live Here Die Here – Luke Bryan
Mixtape Vol. 1 – Kane Brown
Never Will – Ashley McBryde
Skeletons – Brothers Osborne
Starting Over – Chris Stapleton

Single of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

"Bluebird" – Miranda Lambert
"I Hope" – Gabby Barrett
"I Hope You’re Happy Now" – Carly Pearce & Lee Brice
"More Hearts Than Mine" – Ingrid Andress
"The Bones" – Maren Morris

Song of the Year [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

"Bluebird" – Miranda Lambert
Songwriter(s): Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby
Publishers: Emileson Songs; Little Louder Songs; Pink Dog Publishing; Songs of Universal, INC; Sony ATV Tree Publishing; Wrucke for You Publishing

"One Night Standards" – Ashley McBryde
Songwriter(s): Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally
Publishers: Canned Biscuit Songs; Smackworks Music; Smack Blue, LLC; Smackstreet Music; Tempo Investments; Warner Geo Met Ric Music; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp

"Some People Do" – Old Dominion
Songwriter(s): Jesse Frasure, Matt Ramsey, Thomas Rhett, Shane McAnally
Publishers: Carrot Seed Songs; EMI Blackwood Music INC; Smackville Music; Songs of ROC Nation; Teremitry Rhythm House Music; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp; Smack Hits; Tempo Investments; Warner Gro Met Ric Music

"Starting Over" – Chris Stapleton
Songwriter(s): Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson
Publishers: I Wrote These Songs; Straight Six Music; WC Music Corp

"The Bones" – Maren Morris
Songwriter(s): Jimmy Robbins, Maren Morris, Laura Veltz
Publishers: Big Machine Music, LLC; Extraordinary Alien Publishing; International Dog Music; Oh Denise Publishing; Round Hill Songs; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

Video of the Year [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

"Better Than We Found It" – Maren Morris
Director: Gabrielle Woodland
Producers: Sarah Kunin, Jennifer Pepke

"Bluebird" – Miranda Lambert
Director: Trey Fanjoy
Producer: Heather Levenstone

"Gone" – Dierks Bentley
Directors: Wes Edwards, Ed Pryor, Travis Nicholson, Running Bear and Sam Siske, with animation by Skylar Wilson
Producer: David Garcia

"Hallelujah" – Carrie Underwood and John Legend
Director: Randee St. Nicholas
Producer: Greg Wells

"Worldwide Beautiful" – Kane Brown
Director: Alex Alvga
Producer: Christen Pinkston

Songwriter of the Year*(Off Camera Award)

Ashley Gorley
Michael Hardy
Hillary Lindsey
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne

Music Event of the Year (Tie Within Category Increased Nominees) [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

"Be A Light" – Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
Producer: Dann Huff
Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

"Does to Me" – Luke Combs featuring Eric Church
Producer: Scott Moffatt
Record Label: River House Artists/Columbia Nashville

"I Hope You’re Happy Now" – Carly Pearce & Lee Brice
Producer: busbee
Record Label: Big Machine Records / Curb Records

"Nobody But You" – Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani
Producer: Scott Hendricks
Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

"One Beer" – HARDY featuring Lauren Alaina & Devin Dawson
Producers: Derek Wells, Joey Moi
Record Label: Big Loud Records

"One Too Many" – Keith Urban, P!nk
Producers: Cutfather, Dan McCarroll, Keith Urban, PhD
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

also see -> Grammy Awards | Country Music Video Awards

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More about the ACM Awards on the Web:

On the Web, find out more in top news stories, pictures and video clips, along with a complete list of nominees and winners, plus the hottest buzz surrounding the top country music prize of the year, the Academy of Country Music Awards ....

Academy of Country Music - The official site of the academy founded in 1964 & comprised of 3,800 professional members including well known stars & producers. Check out the rest of the site for more on the music awards, this year's top nominees, past winners, pictures.

Academy of Country Music Awards - CBS - The official television channel features star interviews, red carpet photos, video clips, and more along with air date and time.

Academy of Country Music - Wikipedia - The whole history of the academy & the awards with lists of top winners in various categories including Artists of the Decade, with related references and resources.

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