When the Academy of Nation Music moved in mid-March to push its annual April awards present again to September, however left the placement for the rescheduled telecast noticeably indeterminate, hypothesis instantly ensued that the present wouldn’t happen in its longtime locale of Las Vegas however be moved to Nashville, so taking part nation stars might stick near dwelling.
That assumption has now been confirmed, as Nashville mayor John Cooper introduced in a morning press briefing that the town will host the Sept. 16 present on CBS, rescheduled from its April 5 Vegas date.
In 55 years, the ACM Awards have by no means been broadcast from Nashville earlier than — a historical past which may appear counterintuitive to these not operating in nation music circles, however which displays the Academy of Nation Music’s Los Angeles base, and the truth that the present has all the time seemed to tell apart itself from the rival CMA Awards by setting its personal present in Las Vegas or, earlier than that, L.A.
One query raised as hypothesis led to a transfer to Nashville for the rescheduled ACMs was whether or not the present would have the ability to land a spot on the Bridgestone Area, coming simply two months earlier than the CMAs are set to broadcast from that venue. However new ACM plans don’t contain an enviornment.
Cooper mentioned that the Sept. 16 present will air dwell performances from three completely different places: the Grand Ole Opry Home, the Ryman Auditorium (the house of the Opry till the 1970s, and nonetheless used immediately for the Opry’s winter reveals, in addition to a live performance venue), and the intimate Bluebird Cafe (made well-known, or extra well-known, by the drama collection “Nashville”).
“Whereas we had been disillusioned to postpone our April present in Las Vegas, we couldn’t be extra thrilled to host the rescheduled 55th ACM Awards within the dwelling of nation music for the primary time within the Academy’s historical past,” Damon Whiteside, CEO of the ACM, mentioned in a press release. “At the beginning, we need to guarantee the security of our artists and trade, and to ease the burdens of touring massive groups; due to this fact, we determined to deliver the ACM Awards to them this September in Nashville.”
Tennessee’s governor issued a press release as properly. “On behalf of all Tennesseans, I need to thank the Academy of Nation Music for bringing this occasion dwelling … Tennessee is honored to be part of this historic occasion,” mentioned Invoice Lee.
“Nation music has been our voice and our companion by way of so many troublesome instances and now it’s our consolation as we confront and defeat the coronavirus,” mentioned Cooper. “I’m excited to hitch nation music followers worldwide to have a good time with the Academy of Nation Music and artists that uplift and encourage us all in these extraordinary instances. And I stay up for the day after we can safely welcome guests again to take pleasure in all that Music Metropolis has to supply, together with over 160 dwell leisure venues with the perfect nation music reveals on this planet.”
The awards present, hosted by final yr’s entertainer of the yr winner, Keith City, will air dwell at eight p.m. ET and tape-delayed on the west coast in the identical prime time slot, on CBS, and likewise stream on demand on the community’s All Entry service.