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 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.
The 55TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ aired LIVE on September 16, 2020. 15-time ACM Award®-winning artist Keith Urban hosted the show featuring three iconic Nashville venues including Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. For the first time in ACM Awards history, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood tied for the Academy’s highest honor Entertainer of the Year Award – the first ever tie in that category. This is Rhett’s first win in the Entertainer of the Year category, and Underwood’s third win, making her the most awarded female in the ACM Entertainer of the Year category.
This year’s 55th ACM Awards featured an all-star lineup of collaborations and memorable performances featuring 24 performances, including 41 hit songs. The awards telecast kicked off with Entertainer of the Year nominees performing a medley of each of their greatest hits. Luke Bryan performed “Rain Is A Good Thing,” Eric Church performed “Drink In My Hand,” Luke Combs performed “When It Rains It Pours,” Thomas Rhett performed “It Goes Like This” and Carrie Underwood performed “Before He Cheats.”
The show is produced for television by dick clark productions. 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.