How to Watch the 2021 ACM Awards: Date and Time, Nominees and More

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Country music's big show takes place in Nashville, Tennessee on April 18 on CBS and Paramount+.

The ACM Awards are headed back to Nashville. The 56th annual ACM Awards will take place on Sunday, April 18 after the nominations for the country music awards show were revealed in February by Kelsea Ballerini and Brothers Osborne as well as by ET's Rachel Smith.

Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton cleaned up in nominations, leading the pack with six nods each. Meanwhile, Miranda Lambert added to her own nominations -- she's the most-nominated female artist in ACM history -- with five new nods, and ET exclusively announced Friday morning that Gwen Stefani and John Legend were nominated for the first time.

Hosted by 15-time ACM Award winner Keith Urban and New Female Artist of the Year nominee Mickey Guyton, the 56th ACM Awards will honor and showcase the biggest names and emerging talent in Country Music. 

For everything you need to know on how and when to watch the 2021 ACM Awards, read on below, and keep checking back for more information as it is announced.

When are the 2021 ACM Awards? The show will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET (delayed PT) on Sunday, April 18, as well as live and on demand on Paramount+, from three iconic Nashville venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, the historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe.

How to watch the 2021 ACM Awards: Watch the ACM Awards on CBS on TV (check your local listings), or on Paramount+ -- which launches on March 4. Plans for that service start at $5 per month, though special offers are available now for new users.

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Additionally, several live TV streaming services offer CBS, including Hulu with Live TV, fuboTV, AT&T TV Now and YouTube TV.

How to watch ET Live's pre and post-show coverage of the 2021 ACM Awards: We'll be airing ahead of the ACM Awards on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. PT at, and you can also watch via the ET Live app on your mobile device. ET Live also streams on channel 120 on Pluto TV, and on channel 1253 on Samsung TV Plus.

Additionally, ET Live's post-show will air following the conclusion of the ACM Awards.

Who's nominated? The 2021 ACM Awards have many of country's finest among the nominees, including Chris Stapleton and Maren Morris, who each earned six nominations. For the most highly coveted award of the night, Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Stapleton are nominated.

Here are all the 2021 ACM Awards nominees.

Who's performing? Over 25 artists will perform more than 30 songs at three of country music's most iconic venues, Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Café. Among the performers are Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Elle King, Ryan Hurd, Eric Church, CeCe Winans and Dan + Shay.

Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Young, Alan Jackson, Ashley McBryde, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Lee Brice, Brothers Osbourne, Mickey Guyton, Luke Combs, Little Big Town, Carly Pearce, Jon Randall, The War and Treaty and Kenny Chesney will also take the stage.

How to follow ET's coverage of the 2021 ACM Awards: Right here at, we will be keeping you up to date on the awards, from the winners list, to the biggest moments and more. You can also follow ET on Twitter at @etnow, Facebook at Entertainment Tonight and Instagram @entertainmentonight

Then, the following night, Entertainment Tonight will break down all the best moments and performances on the show.

For additional coverage, you can follow along with the nominations on the ACM Awards' Twitter, Facebook and Instagram handles, and after all the nominees are announced, the list will be posted right here on as well as at

Watch the video below for the biggest moments from last year's ACM Awards.

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