POLL: Who Is Your Favorite ACM Awards Host?
Plenty of country stars -- and some non-country stars -- have hosted the ACM Awards throughout its more than 50 years. Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette both co-hosted (separately) a couple times in the late 1970s and early '80s, while Clint Black and George Strait each played co-host in the late '80s and early '90s as well; even Jeff Foxworthy and Dick Clark took a turn as ACM Awards hosts!
Really, though, three country names are synonymous with the ACM Awards: Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan. After co-hosting with various other stars four times in the late '80s and early '90s, McEntire hosted the show solo in 1999, and then every year from 2001 through 2010. Then, in 2011 and 2012, Shelton signed on as her co-host.
Following McEntire's departure after the 2012 ACM Awards, Bryan joined Shelton to co-host the awards ceremony in 2013, 2014 and 2015. And when Shelton hung up his co-hosting hat, Dierks Bentley stepped in to co-host with Bryan, in 2016 and 2017, before handing the reins back over to McEntire in 2018 and 2019.
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After taking the reins from McEntire in 2020, Keith Urban will be back at the helm of the ACM Awards in 2021. This year, though, he'll be joined by Mickey Guyton; the two performed together during the 2020 show, prompting showrunners to ask them to co-host this time around.
After relocating from Las Vegas to Nashville in 2020 out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACM Awards are back in Music City in 2021. As showrunners did last year, they're spreading this year's event out across iconic venues (the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe), though a few performances will take place elsewhere. They'll be following national, state and local guidelines related to the pandemic, as well as additional, self-imposed safety measures.
The 2021 ACM Awards are set for Sunday (April 18). They'll begin at 8PM ET and will air live on CBS and be available to stream on Paramount+; sign up for the streaming service here.
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