The 55th annual award of the Academy of Country Music (ACM) is waiting for us again, but this time things will look different from previous years.
Keith Urban will host the affair for the first time on Wednesday night, and favorite artists will deliver live hits from Nashville, Tennessee after the show was moved from Las Vegas to the coronavirus pandemic.
This year, ACM is also running without an audience, but that does not mean that fan interaction will not be in effect.
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Fans who watch at home can expect to see which of the landmarks of country music, such as Luke Brian, Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, Kelsey Ballerinas, Taylor Swift and many others, including Urban, Pink, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stephanie, Carrie Underwood, Trisha Yearwood, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Old Dominion and Thomas Rhett starring John Pardi.
The performances are different this year in the sense that they will be held from three separate venues in and around Nashville, each with its own unique history, including the Grand Ole Opry House, the historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe.
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The nominations pit the best in the industry against each other, with Maurice and Rhett leading the overall nominations. Brian, Church, Combs, Underwood and Rhett are ready to consider the coveted title of Entertainer of the Year.
Hosts of the evening are Lauren Alaina, Lily Aldridge, Clint and Lisa Hartman Black, Bobby Bones, Kam, Darius Rucker and Runaway June.
With the show expecting so many live performances, some of the winners have already been announced before the big night.
Lambert, Maurice, Ashley McBride, Tenil Towns, Kaylee Hammock and El King received the honor in the category of Music Event of the Year at the ACM Award for “Lost and in Love”.
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Rhett, meanwhile, won the ACM Video of the Year Award for “Remember You Young,” and Hillary Lindsay was crowned Songwriter of the Year.
Other winners include Riley Green for New Man of the Year and Tenil Towns for New Artist.
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The show will be broadcast live on Wednesday from 20:00 ET on CBS and may also be broadcast on CBS All-Access.