We Finally Know Who’s Hosting the ACM Awards and It’s Not Reba McEntire

Congrats to Keith Urban, though!

Break out your cowboy boots, y’all!

“Country music’s party of the year” is almost here, and you’re invited. The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards will showcase some of the most talented artists in the industry, including Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, and Maren Morris.

This year’s show will be broadcasted live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5. The spectacle promises to feature plenty of “exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations, and surprising moments,” so you won’t want to miss a minute of the action.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 ACM Awards.

Who’s hosting?

The annual program is changing things up this year, and Keith Urban will host the ACM Awards for the first time ever.




“We are thrilled to have our reigning Entertainer of the Year as the centerpiece of our 55th ACM Awards ceremony,” Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music, said in a statement. “Keith epitomizes greatness in our industry, is beloved by fans and fellow artists, and I can’t think of a better representative to be the face of our Awards show and to help usher in a new era at the Academy.”

How can I watch the ACM Awards?

The show kicks off at 8 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 5 on CBS. Cable and satellite subscribers can tune into their local CBS station, or you can live-stream the event using CBS All Access (which is free for the first week).

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Who are the biggest nominees?

The 2019 ACM Awards faced backlash after Reba McEntire revealed the Entertainer of the Year nominees and there were no women included in the category. “That doesn’t make me very happy,” the country star said at the time. “We’ve got some very talented women who are out there working their butts off.”

This year, Carrie Underwood has been nominated to break up the historically all-male list of country music artists. She joins Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, and Thomas Rhett in the award show’s most coveted category.

Here are the other big names in the running this year:




ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Carrie Underwood

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

DUO OF THE YEAR
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion
The Highwomen

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Lindsay Ell
Caylee Hammack
Tenille Townes

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jordan Davis
Russell Dickerson
Riley Green
Cody Johnson
Morgan Wallen

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Center Point Road, Thomas Rhett
GIRL, Maren Morris
Heartache Medication, Jon Pardi
What You See Is What You Get, Luke Combs
Wildcard, Miranda Lambert

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
“God’s Country,” Blake Shelton
“One Man Band,” Old Dominion
“Rainbow,” Kacey Musgraves
“Rumor,” Lee Brice
“What If I Never Get Over You,” Lady Antebellum

SONG OF THE YEAR
“10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay ft. Justin Bieber
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” Ashley McBryde
“God’s Country,” Blake Shelton
“One Man Band,” Old Dominion
“Some Of It,” Eric Church

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber
“God’s Country,” Blake Shelton
“One Man Band,” Old Dominion
“Remember You Young,” Thomas Rhett
“Sugar Coat,” Little Big Town

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