In this Aug. 3, 2020 photo, Mickey Guyton is photographed during a remote portrait session in Los Angeles on Aug. 3, 2020, left, and Keith Urban appears at the 13th Annual ACM Honors in Nashville, Tenn. on August 21, 2019. Guyton and Urban will host the Academy of Country Music Awards in April. (AP Photo)

2021 ACM Awards: Everything To Know Before the Show

The 56th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be held in Nashville, Tenn. for the second year in a row. The program will be broadcast live from three Music City locations: the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe on Sunday, April 18 starting at 7 p.m. 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. "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 Academy of Country music will follow safety guidelines set forth by national, state and local health officials.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACM Awards were held in Los Angeles, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Here's everything to know about this year's ceremony.

Who's Performing?

The Academy of Country Music announced a lineup of 29 artists on April 5. Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris, Carly Pearce, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, CeCe Winans and Chris Young are among the artists set to perform.

Little Big Town will be down a member. News broke on April 15 that Phillip Sweet has tested positive for COVID-19.

"We might as well break the news: He's got the COVID," Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild said in an interview with Audacy (as quoted by Billboard).

Bryan will also sit out the broadcast after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Hosts Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton round out the list of performers.

See the full lineup here.

Who's Hosting?

Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton will co-host the 2021 Academy of Country Music awards on Sunday, April 18 starting at 7 p.m. CT on CBS.

Guyton, who's nominated for an ACM award for New Female Artist of the Year, will make history as the first Black woman to host the awards show.

"Over the years, the Academy of Country Music has always been a home for me through opportunities both onstage and throughout their work on diversity and inclusion," Guyton said in a statement. "This is a moment of great significance for me and I am so thrilled to share it with all the fans."

Urban, who hosted the ACM Awards last year,  also shared his excitement to share the stage with Guyton.

"I'm beyond thrilled to be co-hosting with my friend Mickey," Urban said in a statement. "I love that finally everyone will get to see her infectious energy and uber creative spirit in full light."

2021 ACM Awards

Chris Stapleton and Maren Morris have earned the most nominations for the 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards with six nods each.

Stapleton is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, along with Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Eric Church and Thomas Rhett. The "Starting Over" singer is also nominated for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Male Artist of the Year.

Morris earns nominations for Female Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Video of the Year. Morris' fellow Female Artist of the Year nominees are Kelsea Ballerini, Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde and Miranda Lambert, who is the winningest ACM Artist in history. For the first time since 2005, Carrie Underwood was not nominated for Female Artist of the Year.

The nominees for the 2021 ACM Awards were announced Feb. 26 on CBS This Morning.

As of April 8, two awards have been handed out: New Male Artist of the Year to Jimmie Allen and New Female Artist of the Year to Gabby Barrett.

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See the full list of nominees below.

2021 ACM Award Nominees

Group of the Year

Lady A

Little Big Town

Old Dominion

The Cadillac 3

The Highwomen

 

Duo of the Year

Brooks and Dunn

Brothers Osborne

Dan and Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Maddie and Tae

 

Female Artist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Ashley McBryde

Maren Morris

Carly Pearce

 

Male Artist of the Year

Dierks Bentley

Eric Church

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton

 

Entertainer of the Year

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton

 

Single of the Year

"Bluebird," Miranda Lambert

"I Hope," Gabby Barrett

"I Hope You're Happy Now," Carly Pearce and Lee Brice

"More Hearts Than Mine," Ingrid Andress

"The Bones," Maren Morris

 

New Male Artist of the Year

Jimmie Allen: WINNER

Travis Denning

Hardy Music

Cody Johnson

Parker McCollum

 

New Female Artist of the Year

Ingrid Andress

Tenille Arts

Gabby Barrett: WINNER

Mickey Guyton

Caylee Hammack

 

Album of the Year

Born Here Live Here Die Here, Luke Bryan

Mixtape Vol. 1, Kane Brown

Never Will, Ashley McBryde

Skeletons, Brothers Osborne

Starting Over, Chris Stapleton

 

Song of the Year

"Bluebird," Miranda Lambert

"One Night Standards," Ashley McBryde

"Some People Do," Old Dominion

"Starting Over," Chris Stapleton

"The Bones," Maren Morris

 

Video of the Year

"Better Than We Found It," Maren Morris

"Bluebird," Miranda Lambert

"Gone," Dierks Bentley

"Hallelujah," Carrie Underwood and John Legend

"Worldwide Beautiful," Kane Brown: WINNER

 

Music Event of the Year

"Be a Light," Thomas Rhett feat. Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban

"Does to Me," Luke Combs and Eric Church

"I Hope You're Happy Now," Carly Pearce and Lee Brice

"Nobody But You," Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani

"One Beer," Hardy feat. Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson

"One Too Many," Keith Urban and Pink

 

Songwriter of the Year

Ashley Gorley

Hardy

Hillary Lindsey

Shane McAnally

Josh Osborne

 

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