2021 Academy of Country Music Awards: Live Stream, date, time, nominations and all about 56th edition of the event

2021 Academy of Country Music Awards: Live Stream, date, time, nominations and all about 56th edition of the event
Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton and Miranda Lambert (Getty Images)

Come April and country music will see the take over of the 56th edition of the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM). The nominations for the same have been announced where country music powerhouse Chris Stapleton and singer-songwriter Maren Morris dominated the list with six nods each.

Stapleton has scored the nods in top categories including Entertainer, Male Artist, Song and Album of the Year. For Entertainer of the Year which is considered one of country music’s top prizes, he will be locking horns with Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs and against 2020 recipient Thomas Rhett. Morris, on the other hand, earned nominations in top categories such as Female Artist of the Year, Single, Song and Video of the Year. Interestingly, for the first time in ACM Awards history, four Black artists earned nominations in a single year namely Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Mickey Guyton and John Legend.


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Chris Stapleton performs onstage at Nashville’s Music City Center for “The 54th Annual CMA Awards” broadcast on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Getty Images)


The 56th edition of the Academy of Country Music Awards will take place on Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Where is it happening?

The ACM Awards will return to Nashville and will be aired from three iconic music venues i.e. the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe. Last year, the coveted award ceremony aired from Nashville instead of the usual Las Vegas due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This also marked the first time when the awards took place in Nashville. 

Maren Morris performs on stage during “Stars and Strings Presented by RAM Trucks Built to Serve,” a RADIO.COM Event, at the Fox Theatre on November 06, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Getty Images)

Who is hosting the awards show?

Country music legend Keith Urban who was recently featured in Taylor Swift's re-recorded 'Fearless' album on the track 'That's When' will be co-hosting the show with 'Black Like Me' crooner Mickey Guyton.

Performers List

Alan Jackson, 'You’ll Always Be My Baby' and 'Drive'
Ashley McBryde, 'Martha Divine' at the Bridge Building
Blake Shelton, 'Austin' and 'Minimum Wage'
Brothers Osborne, 'I’m Not for Everyone'
Carly Pearce, Lee Brice, 'I Hope You’re Happy Now'
Carrie Underwood + CeCe Winans, Medley from My Savior
Chris Stapleton, 'Maggie’s Song'
Chris Young, Kane Brown, 'Famous Friends'
Dan + Shay, 'Glad You Exist'
Dierks Bentley, the War and Treaty, 'Pride (In the Name of Love)' at the Station Inn
Elle King + Miranda Lambert, 'Drunk (And I Wanna Go Home)'
Eric Church, 'Bunch of Nothing'
Gabby Barrett, 'The Good Ones'
Jimmie Allen, 'Freedom Was a Highway'
Kenny Chesney, 'Knowing You'
Keith Urban, 'Tumbleweed'
Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Chesney, 'Half of My Hometown'
Lady A, 'Like a Lady'
Little Big Town, 'Wine, Beer, Whiskey' on Broadway
Luke Combs, 'Forever After All'
Maren Morris, Ryan Hurd, 'Chasing After You'
Mickey Guyton, 'Hold On'
Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, Jon Randall, 'In His Arms'
Thomas Rhett, 'What’s Your Country Song,' 'Country Again'

How to live stream?

Fans will be able to catch the 56th edition of the Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS. The highly-anticipated award ceremony will take place from 8-11 pm ET. The viewers can also stream the ceremony live and on-demand on Paramount+, which is ViacomCBS’ upcoming global streaming service. 

Musician Eric Church performs onstage during 2016 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2016 in Indio, California. (Getty Images)

Full list of nominations

Here’s how the complete list of 2021 American Country Music Awards nominations looks like

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 

Thomas Rhett attends the 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors Kennedy Center on December 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

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
Mickey Guyton
Caylee Hammack

New Male Artist of the Year

Jimmie Allen
Travis Denning
Cody Johnson
Parker McCollum 

Singer & songwriter Jimmie Allen performs at 3rd & Lindsley on September 28, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Getty Images)

Album of the Year

Born Here Live Here Die Here – Luke Bryan (Producers: Jeff Stevens, Jody Stevens)
Mixtape Vol. 1 – Kane Brown (Producers: Andrew Goldstein, Charlie Handsome, Dann Huff, Lindsay Rimes)
Never Will – Ashley McBryde (Producer: Jay Joyce)
Skeletons – Brothers Osborne (Producer: Jay Joyce)
Starting Over – Chris Stapleton (Producers: Chris Stapleton, Dave Cobb)

Single of the Year

Bluebird – Miranda Lambert (Producer: Jay Joyce)
I Hope – Gabby Barrett (Producers: Ross Copperman, Zach Kale)
I Hope You’re Happy Now – Carly Pearce & Lee Brice (Producer: Busbee)
More Hearts Than Mine – Ingrid Andress (Producers: Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis)
The Bones – Maren Morris (Producer: Greg Kurstin)

Song of the Year

Bluebird – Miranda Lambert
One Night Standards – Ashley McBryde
Some People Do – Old Dominion
Starting Over – Chris Stapleton
The Bones – Maren Morris 

Miranda Lambert performs onstage during the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Getty Images)

Video of the Year

Better Than We Found It – Maren Morris (Director: Gabrielle Woodland)
Bluebird – Miranda Lambert (Director: Trey Fanjoy)
Gone – Dierks Bentley (Directors: Wes Edwards, Ed Pryor, Travis Nicholson, Running Bear and Sam Siske, with animation by Skylar Wilson)
Hallelujah – Carrie Underwood and John Legend (Director: Randee St. Nicholas)
Worldwide Beautiful – Kane Brown (Director: Alex Alvga)

Songwriter of the Year

Ashley Gorley
Michael Hardy
Hillary Lindsey
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne

Music Event of the Year

Be a Light- Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
Does to Me- Luke Combs feat. Eric Church
I Hope You’re Happy Now- Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
Nobody But You- Blake Shelton feat. Gwen Stefani
One Beer- Hardy feat. Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson
One Too Many-  Keith Urban and Pink

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