Awards Show to be Broadcast Live from Nashville, Wednesday, Sept. 16 on CBS
LOS ANGELES, CA (September 12, 2020) – The Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions announced today that ACM® Entertainer of the Year nominee Luke Combs is partnering with Ford in support of Guitars 4 Vets, an organization that helps veterans cope with PTSD through the healing power of music, and will appear in a special moment leading up to his “55TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS” performance at The Bluebird Cafe in the all-new 2021 Ford F-150. Hosted by reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year and 15-time ACM Award winner Keith Urban, the 55th ACM Awards®, a Night of Heart and Hits Live from Nashville, will be broadcast on Wednesday, September 16 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network, and will be available to stream on demand on CBS All Access.
Ford is partnering with Combs through its Proud to Honor program to donate $25,000 worth of guitars to Guitars 4 Vets’ chapters around the country to help expand the program and provide more veterans the opportunity to experience the healing power of music. To make a donation to Guitars 4 Vets visit their website. Proud to Honor is the military initiative by Ford Motor Company to raise awareness, strengthen existing programs and create an even more meaningful connection with our service members. For more information, please visit fordproudtohonor.com
As previously announced, the 55th ACM Awards will also feature performances by Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Riley Green, Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi, Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani, Tenille Townes, Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen and Trisha Yearwood. Joining the all-star lineup are presenters Lauren Alaina, Lily Aldridge, Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black, Bobby Bones, Cam, Darius Rucker and Runaway June.
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About Luke Combs
Luke Combs is a multi-platinum, ACM, CMA, CMT and Billboard Music Award-winning artist from Asheville, NC, who stormed onto the music landscape as one of music’s brightest stars. He will release his anticipated new deluxe album, What You See Ain’t Always What You Get, this October via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville, which features all 18 songs from acclaimed, platinum-certified album, What You See Is What You Get, as well as five new tracks. What You See Is What You Get was released last fall and debuted at #1 on both the all-genre Billboard 200 chart as well as Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. The album recently spent its 25th week at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart making Combs the first artist ever to have their first two studio albums spend 25 weeks or more at #1—breaking Taylor Swift’s previously held record at 24 weeks. The album also enjoyed the largest streaming week ever for a country album with 74 million on-demand streams and features 18 songs including his current single, “Lovin’ On You,” which is once again #1 at country radio this week. This is Combs’ ninth-consecutive #1 single—a first on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart—and extends his record-breaking streak at country radio. Adding to his groundbreaking and historic year, Combs is nominated for six awards at the 2020 CMA Awards (Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year (2x), Male Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year) as well as three awards at the 2020 ACM Awards (Entertainer of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year). Moreover, his triple Platinum debut album, This One’s For You, has now spent 50 non-consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart—tying the record for longest reign atop the chart—and was the most-streamed country album of 2019.
About the Academy of Country Music Awards™
The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the Country Music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 on the CBS Television Network, and will be available to stream live and on-demand on CBS All Access. R.A. Clark, Amy Thurlow, Barry Adelman, Mark Bracco and Linda Gierahn are executive producers. Damon Whiteside is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification; mobility solutions, including self-driving services; and connected services. Ford employs approximately 188,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit corporate.ford.com
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