November 19th, 2021
Next year's ACM Awards will be available to stream internationally due to a partnership with Amazon Prime Video. The awards will exclusively stream live on the platform from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Monday, March 7th, 2022.
In recent years the ACM Awards have been held in April at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The move to a March date and the home of the NFL's Las Vegas Raiders represent the first of many changes from past awards. The show is also shifting from Sunday night to Monday night and from broadcast television to a digital streaming platform.
"We are thrilled to return to Las Vegas to celebrate country music's Party of the Year in this incredible brand-new stadium and on the Prime Video streaming service for the first time ever," said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music in a press release. "We can't thank the city of Las Vegas and Allegiant Stadium enough for welcoming us for the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards—a party so big only a stadium can hold it!"
Due to the shift to streaming, the awards will now be available to viewers in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, allowing a greater international audience to enjoy the awards. The Academy of Country Music added that Amazon Music's global music brand, Country Heat, has passed 13 billion streams, speaking to the presence of a larger global audience.
Luke Bryan currently holds the title of ACM Entertainer of the Year, while Chris Stapleton's album, Starting Over, reigns as Album of the Year. Maren Morris took home the title of ACM Female Artist of the year, and Thomas Rhett was awarded Male Artist of the Year. Other notable wins from the 2021 awards include Dan + Shay for Duo of the Year, Old Dominion for Group of the Year, and Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen for New Female and Male Artists of the Year, respectively.
Information regarding the host (or hosts), nominees, performers, and tickets for the 2022 ACM Awards will be announced in the coming weeks.