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ACM Awards plan Nashville return for 2021 show

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For the second time in as many years, Nashville will host the Academy of Country Music Awards. 

The show returns for an encore run in Music City on April 18, a Sunday night, inside three celebrated venues: the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry House and Bluebird Café. 

The 56th annual ACM Awards airs at 7 p.m. CST on CBS. 

Last year due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the ACM Awards relocated from Las Vegas to Nashville for the first time in its 50-plus year history. Pandemic precautions delayed the show from April to September. 

Keith Urban hosted last year as top acts in country music split performances between the Opry House, Ryman and Bluebird. In another first-of-its-kind twist, Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett tied for Entertainer of the Year. 

Keith Urban introduces Kane Brown’s performance during the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn.

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In confirming a return to Nashville, the Academy of Country Music nonprofit wing, Lifting Lives, announced a $25,000 donation to Nashville Christmas Day bombing relief efforts. 

Show producers ensure “all guidelines set forth by national, state and local health officials will be closely followed and implemented,” according to a news release. 

Further information, including nominees, performers and a host, have not been announced. 

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