The Academy of Country Music has selected their hosts for the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards. Taking place on Sunday, April 18, Keith Urban will return to host after leading last year’s honors. He’ll be joined by breakout star Mickey Guyton, who will host for the first time.
“I’m beyond thrilled to be co-hosting with my friend Mickey,” said Urban in a press release. “I love that finally everyone will get to see her infectious energy and uber creative spirit in full light.”
“Last year I had the opportunity to perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards with someone I long admired, Keith Urban, and this year I am incredibly excited to share hosting duties with him,” added Guyton. “As I’ve said before ‘if you can see it, you can be it,’ and it’s such an honor to step onto the ACM stage as the first ever Black woman to host the show. Over the years, the Academy of Country Music has always been a home for me through opportunities both onstage and throughout their work on diversity and inclusion. This is a moment of great significance for me and I am so thrilled to share it with all the fans.”
“Following Mickey’s groundbreaking and emotional performance featuring Keith Urban at last September’s ACM Awards, the producers knew that they would make a perfect hosting duo,” shared ACM, dcp and CBS in a joint statement. “Since then, Mickey had a stratospheric rise and Keith has continued to top the charts. They will make a dynamic pairing that captures the warmth, humor, and comfort that the fans are looking for, and join a legendary list of talented artists that have hosted the ACM Awards over the years.”
This isn’t the first time Guyton and Urban have collaborated together. The two stepped onstage last year for Guyton’s history-making performance of “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?”
The 2021 ACM Awards will take place in Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe Sunday, April 18 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.