Brothers Osborne, Kelsea Ballerini revealing 2021 ACM Awards nominations

Nominees will be announced on Feb 26th

Brothers Osborne and Kelsea Ballerini will announce this year’s ACM Award nominees in select categories — Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Duo of the Year, Group of the Year and Single of the Year — on CBS This Morning on Friday (Feb 26th) beginning at 8:30 am ET/PT.

Nominees for New Male Artist of the Year, New Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Music Event of the Year will be revealed on by correspondent Rachel Smith at 8:45 am ET. The full list of nominees will also be featured on all of the Academy of Country Music’s social channels.

The 56th ACM Awards will return to Nashville and broadcast live for the second year from three iconic country music venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe on Sunday, April 18th at 8 pm live ET/delayed PT on CBS. The show will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ upcoming global streaming service.

The 56th 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.

In support of the city of Nashville, ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, will donate $25,000 to the Music City, Inc. foundation for their Nashville Christmas Day Explosion Relief Fund, with funds earmarked for local musicians out of work due to damage to venues.

The health and safety of the artists, fans, industry, staff and partners involved in the ACM Awards is the number one priority. All guidelines set forth by national, state and local health officials will be closely followed and implemented during the production along with additional safety measures to be instated by dick clark productions and the Academy of Country Music.

Buddy Iahn
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