NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For the first time, the Academy of Country Music Awards is being held in Nashville, Tennessee. The 2020 version, originally scheduled in April, was delayed until Wednesday night because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 55th annual awards ceremony is being held at the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Keith Urban was preparing to take the stage as a first-time host.
Update 8:29 p.m. EDT Sept. 16: One Man Band, by Old Dominion, won Song of the Year honors.
Update 8:20 p.m. EDT Sept. 16: In the first live award of the evening, Dan + Shay won Duo of the Year honors.
Original report: The ceremonies had been held the last three years in Las Vegas and was hosted the last two years by Reba McEntire.
Several winners were announced ahead of Wednesdays broadcast on CBS, Rolling Stone reported. In mid-August, Urban told Tennille Townes and Riley Green during a Zoom meeting that they won the New Female Artist and New Male Artist awards, the magazine reported.
On Monday, Thomas Rhett won the Video of the Year category for Remember You Young, while Hillary Lindsey won her first Songwriter of the Year award. The Music Event of the Year award went to Miranda Lambert, who covered Elvin Bishops 1975 hit, Fooled Around and Fell in Love, with Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Caylee Hammack, Tenille Townes, and Elle King.
Duo of the Year: Dan + Shay
Song of the Year: One Man Band Old Dominion
New Female Artist of the Year: Tenille Townes
New Male Artist of the Year: Riley Green
Video of the Year: Remember You Young Thomas Rhett
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