On Monday (April 27), the Academy of Country Music announced that the ACM Awards would be held in Nashville for the first time in its history. The announcement also stated that the ACM Awards, slated for Sept. 16, would air from three Nashville locations—the Grand Ole Opry House, the Bluebird Cafe, and the Ryman Auditorium.
The date and venue caused confusion for some in the music industry, given that the annual Americana Honors & Awards had already been slated for the same evening, also at the Ryman Auditorium.
The Academy of Country Music clarified the seeming overlap in date and venue in a statement to MusicRow, saying, “Thank you for the opportunity to clarify our plans. The Academy’s current plan is to utilize the largest of the three iconic Nashville venues, the Grand Ole Opry House, as the live centerpiece of the night with select live performances from the Bluebird Cafe. Special performances and moments from the Ryman will be captured in advance of Sept. 16’s CBS broadcast of the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards. Our plans will remain fluid based on the status of the quarantine and we are prepared to adapt them based on the status of Nashville’s Roadmap for Reopening.”
While segments of the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards will be filmed at the Ryman Auditorium in advance of the show’s airing on Sept. 16, the Americana Association also confirmed to MusicRow that its Honors & Awards show will go on as planned on Sept. 16 at the Ryman Auditorium.
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