Keith Urban Replaces Reba McEntire As Host Of ACM Awards

Keith Urban replaces Reba McEntire as ACM Award host
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The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM Awards) will air on Sunday, April 5th. While Reba McEntire has hosted or co-hosted the awards show 16 times, she is giving up her spot as host this year. It has been confirmed that country singer Keith Urban will host the award show for 2020!

The ACM Awards will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It will be Keith’s first time hosting the show. The CEO of the Academy of Country Music, Damon Whiteside, released a statement about the excitement surrounding Keith’s hosting gig.

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Keith Urban to host the 2020 ACM Awards

Damon said, “We are thrilled to have our reigning Entertainer of the Year as the centerpiece of our 55th ACM Awards ceremony. Keith epitomizes greatness in our industry, is beloved by fans and fellow artists, and I can’t think of a better representative to be the face of our Awards show and to help usher in a new era at the Academy.”

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Keith Urban / Instagram

Last year, there was some controversy surrounding the ACM Awards. The Entertainer of the Year category is historically the biggest award and generally is filled with men. Last year, Reba said she was disappointed that no women were nominated in the category.

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Carrie Underwood / Instagram

This year, Carrie Underwood received a nomination for the coveted category. Others include Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, and Thomas Rhett. Check out the rest of the nominations below:

2020 ACM Awards Nominations

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

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DUO OF THE YEAR
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion
The Highwomen

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Lindsay Ell
Caylee Hammack
Tenille Townes

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Reba with Brooks & Dunn / Instagram

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jordan Davis
Russell Dickerson
Riley Green
Cody Johnson
Morgan Wallen

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Center Point Road, Thomas Rhett
GIRL, Maren Morris
Heartache Medication, Jon Pardi
What You See Is What You Get, Luke Combs
Wildcard, Miranda Lambert

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
“God’s Country,” Blake Shelton
“One Man Band,” Old Dominion
“Rainbow,” Kacey Musgraves
“Rumor,” Lee Brice
“What If I Never Get Over You,” Lady Antebellum

SONG OF THE YEAR
“10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay ft. Justin Bieber
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” Ashley McBryde
“God’s Country,” Blake Shelton
“One Man Band,” Old Dominion
“Some Of It,” Eric Church

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber
“God’s Country,” Blake Shelton
“One Man Band,” Old Dominion
“Remember You Young,” Thomas Rhett
“Sugar Coat,” Little Big Town

The show will air at 8 p.m. EST on April 5, 2020, on CBS. It will air live.

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