Thursday, March 11, 2021
– Mickey Guyton and Keith Urban were named today to host the 56th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 18 from Nashville.
The ACMs will be broadcast from 8-11 p.m. live eastern/delayed Pacific on CBS.
Urban returns for his second year after hosting the 55th ACM Awards in September, while this marks Guyton's first time hosting and the 29th time multiple hosts have taken the ACM Awards stage. Guyton's performance of "What Are You Gonna Tell Her?" at last year's show featured Urban as a surprise guest on piano.
"I'm beyond thrilled to be co-hosting with my friend Mickey," said Urban. "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," said 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."
Guyton has been outspoken about the plight of Black musicians in country music and on racial issues.
Despite being on Capitol since 2011, Guyton has released three EPs since then, with the September 2020 release of "Bridges" the most recent.
In 2016, Guyton was nominated for her first Academy of Country Music Award for New Female Vocalist. She returned to the ACM Awards in 2019 performing "I'm Standing With You" from the "Breakthrough" movie soundtrack alongside Chrissy Metz, Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina and Maddie & Tae.
"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," said ACM, dick clark productions 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."