For over 50 years, the Academy of Country Music Awards has been dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The star-studded ceremony features once-in-a-lifetime musical collaborations, performances and more as some of country's greatest talents are recognized for their achievements.
The Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring the country music lifestyle and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent across the country music industry.
The 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. This will mark the first time the show will broadcast from T-Mobile Arena. The 52nd ACM Awards, honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in country music, will feature exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations, surprising moments and more to be announced in the coming months.
Additionally, for the first time ever, the official two-hour red carpet pre-show for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards on April 2nd will be live streamed exclusively on Twitter and available globally for logged-in and logged-out audiences on Twitter and connected devices.
Tickets for this year’s ACM Awards will be on sale beginning January 26, 2017 on AXS.com.
Last year,the 51stACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS® took place on Sunday, April 3, 2016, with superstars Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley taking the stage at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena to co-host the show. The 2016 ACM Awards were, which were produced by dick clark productions, marked Luke Bryan’s fourth consecutive turn hosting the Awards and Bentley’s first time hosting a LIVE televised event.
The star-studded ceremony, which broadcast LIVE on the CBS Television Network, was full of once-in-a-lifetime musical collaborations, performances and more as some of country’s greatest talents were recognized for their achievements.
The industry named Jason Aldean as Entertainer of the Year, the evening’s biggest honor. While Aldean had been previously nominated four times in this category, this year marked his first time taking home the trophy.
Dolly Parton was presented the Tex Ritter Award to recognize the success of Coat of Many Colors. The Tex Ritter Award is presented to recognize a motion picture that featured country music and received major exposure. Parton and pop superstar Katy Perry joined forces for an unprecedented duet performance live on the telecast.
Chris Stapleton won Male Vocalist of the Year for the first time. He came into the night already a winner of the New Male Vocalist of the Year award and was the leading winner of the night with a total of six wins, including Album of the Year as both Artist and Producer, and Song of the Year as both Artist and Producer. With his six wins he tied the record for most ACM Awards won in a single year. Only Garth Brooks and Faith Hill have reached this pinnacle before.
Other winners of the night included Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini and Eric Church.
The 51st Academy of Country Music Awards featured performances from Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and more.
The Academy of Country Music was the first organization to obtain a country music awards program, propelling country music into the spotlight in 1966. The show has been produced for television by dick clark productions since 1979.
Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark and Barry Adelman are executive producers of the Academy of Country Music Awards.