2021 ACM Awards to take place live from three iconic Nashville venues

The award show returns to Nashville on April 18
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After relocating from Las Vegas to Nashville in 2020, it appears the Academy of Country Music Awards may have found a new home.

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The ACM Awards made the announcement that the award show will return to Nashville and take place live from the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium, and The Bluebird Cafe. The 2021 ACM Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, April 18 at 8PM ET/ 7PM CT on CBS.

“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,” Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music said in a statement.

“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.”

The 2020 ACM Awards were originally postponed from April 5 to September 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and relocated from their traditional home in Las Vegas to Nashville.

The 2020 ACM Awards made history as a dual winner for the prestigious Entertainer of the Year award was given for the first time. Both Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett were named Entertainer of the Year and expressed enthusiasm when they accepted their award.

“I am more than happy to share this with Thomas Rhett and just to have my name mentioned with his... I am beyond honored,” Underwood said. "Oh my goodness gracious. Keith, what is happening right now?" Rhett exclaimed with a huge smile at the time.

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