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Academy of Country Music Awards

Academy of Country Music Awards

  • Premiered: 
    April 22, 1972
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  • Network: Syn
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Award
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Musical
  • Tags: country, celebrity

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    59th Annual (2024)

Plot Synopsis

Each year since 1966, the Academy of Country Music has honored and showcased the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. Founded in 1964, this organization works towards its mission to support, promote, and enhance the advancement of the country music industry worldwide. The event was not televised until 1972, when it aired in syndication (on many ABC affiliates) on tape delay, within a few weeks after the ceremony. The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS (ACM AWARDS) continued to air on ABC in syndication and late night through 1978 -- even as part of the ABC late-night program ABC'S WIDE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT in 1974 and 1975 -- after which dick clark productions became involved and the ACM AWARDS moved to NBC primetime the following year, where it aired live for the next 19 years. In 1998, the ACM AWARDS moved to CBS, which broadcast the ceremony live through 2021. Amazon Prime Video started live streaming the event in 2022.
Hosted by Reba McEntire, the 59th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS streamed live without commercial interruption from Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, TX, on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on Prime Video. A Prime membership is not be required to watch live; everyone is invited to the Party of the Year.

Returning as host for the 17th time, the most of any artist, Reba has a celebrated history with Country Music's Party of the Year and will take the stage for a show stopping special performance featuring brand new music. The iconic entertainer boasts an impressive record of 16 ACM Award wins and nine nominations for the prestigious ACM Entertainer of the Year, including a win in 1994; she also holds the most nominations for Female Artist of the Year.

The star-studded roster of artists hitting the Awards stage to perform includes Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Post Malone, Parker McCollum, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, and Lainey Wilson, as well as a show stopping performance featuring brand new music from this year's host, Reba McEntire. Additionally, must-see duets from Kelsea Ballerini andNoah Kahan; Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani; and Nate Smith featuring Avril Lavigne.

Presenters include Alabama (most awarded group in Academy history with 22 ACM Awards), BRELAND (former Amazon Music Breakthrough Artist and inaugural ACM Lift Every Voice Award recipient), Tyler Cameron (actor), Jordan Davis (three-time 59th ACM Award nominee), Sara Evans (ACM Award-winning artist), Carin Leon (two-time Latin Grammy Award winner), Little Big Town (nine-time ACM Award-winning group), Ashley McBryde (three-time ACM Award-winning artist), Dion Pride (son of ACM Award-winning artist, Charley Pride), Rozene Pride (wife of ACM Award-winning artist, Charley Pride), Noah Reid (actor), Richard Sherman (Super Bowl XLVIII Champion & Thursday Night Football analyst), Charissa Thompson (host, Thursday Night Football), Randy Travis (eleven-time ACM Award-winning artist), and Clay Walker (ACM Award nominee and Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee).

Plus, five-time ACM Awards winner for National On-Air Personality of the Year, Bobby Boneswill be featured throughout the night. The segment, "Backstage with Bobby Bones," showcases intimate artist interviews and special moments of the show.

Fans can also tune into the official ACM Red Carpet on Prime Video, the Amazon Music Channel on Twitch, and Amazon Live, starting at 7pm ET/4pm PT. Hosted by Amber Anderson and Kelly Sutton, Makho Ndlovu, and Elaina D. Smith, with Katie Neal serving as a correspondent from the carpet, the experience celebrates Country Music's biggest stars and emerging talent, and feature unforgettable performances, exclusive collaborations, and unexpected moments that will captivate fans worldwide. The Red Carpet Show will also feature a performance by Megan Moroney (59th ACM Awards most nominated female artist with six nods). The full rebroadcast will be available directly following the stream on Prime Video and available the next day for free on Amazon Freevee and the Amazon Music app.


Other Titles

  • Previously known as Academy of Country and Western Music Awards
  • Also known as ACM Awards

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by dick clark productions (1978 - Present)


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