With the April 5 ACM Awards postponed due to coronavirus concerns, the Academy of Country Music, dick clark productions and CBS have come up with a replacement special to fill the gap.
Calling the special ACM Presents: Our Country, the program will feature “intimate conversations and at-home acoustic performances with top country artists along with clips of their favorite moments from the Academy of Country Music Awards’ 55-year history.” The stars involved haven’t been announced, but the night of reminiscing and acoustic jams will find artists appearing via video-chat, with the idea of encouraging country fans through this difficult time of social distancing. The two-hour show will air in the same TV time slot which the ACM Awards were originally scheduled to occupy.
“Although the highly anticipated 55th ACM Awards show is unable to take place on April 5th due to the health crisis, we still wanted to deliver fans an entertaining ACM Country Music special as planned,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “We are thrilled to announce ACM Presents: Our Country, an all-new special that allows fans to connect with their favorite country artists and to relive some of the greatest moments of the ACM Awards, all from the comfort and safety of their own homes.”
“Music has always served as a powerful form of hope and solidarity during challenging times,” said Amy Thurlow, President, dick clark productions. “It’s our privilege to offer audiences an uplifting message through music as well as a look back at some of the best moments in ACM Awards history.”
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“Broadcast television and music have always been mediums that bring people together,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “From their living rooms to yours, CBS is pleased to partner with the ACM and dick clark productions to have some of today’s biggest country artists connect with and entertain fans in an intimate way while allowing everyone to stay safe.”
ACM Presents: Our Country will air April 5 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. The 55th ACM Awards are postponed until September, with an exact date and other details to be determined.