The ACM Awards will return to Nashville, TN for the second year in a row. Scheduled for April 18, the annual awards show will broadcast live from three of Nashville's iconic music venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe.
"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," said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music, in a press release. "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."
In addition to the news on the show date, the ACM also announced that its charitable arm, ACM Lifting Lives, will donate $25,000 to Music City Inc. Foundation for their Nashville Christmas Day Explosion Relief Fund, with funds earmarked for local musicians out of work due to damage to venues.
"ACM Lifting Lives is proud to support the city of Nashville, our home of the 56th ACM Awards, through a $25,000 donation to Music City, Inc foundation for the Nashville Christmas Day Explosion Relief Fund," said Lyndsay Cruz, ACM Lifting Lives Executive Director. "The impact of the explosion was felt throughout the music community, and we hope this donation can help alleviate some of the burden on the community."
The 56th ACM Awards will be broadcast on CBS on Sunday, April 18th, at 8 p.m. ET. Performers and nominees will be announced at a later date.
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