ACM Awards leaving TV for online in new multiyear deal

The Academy of Country Music revealed a new deal that will make the yearly awards show, which airs live on CBS, available for viewing — with several stadium enhancements — on Amazon Prime Video.

The new three-year agreement will begin in August 2020, marking the first time that the awards show has moved entirely to the digital platform, eliminating the need for a network partner. The 2019 awards show will take place April 7 in Las Vegas. The ACM Awards will move from its longtime home in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena to the new MGM National Harbor in 2019.

“This partnership marks an exciting new era for ACM Awards shows and brings together an incredible, vibrant network of partners to produce quality awards programming on Amazon Prime Video,” Academy of Country Music Chief Executive Officer Pete Fisher said in a statement. “Streaming services are helping country music fans in unprecedented numbers, and the ACM Awards celebrate this symbiotic relationship with our fans.”

The ACM Awards began in 1973 and went on to crown its first female vocalist the following year, when Loretta Lynn picked up the honor. The all-genre 2019 awards show will be hosted by Reba McEntire.

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