The Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast next year from Frisco
One of country music’s greatest honors – besides performing at the Grand Ole Opry and getting your song on an episode of Yellowstone— come back to town.
The Academy of Country Music (ACM) announced on its official website that its 58th annual awards ceremony will be held on May 11, 2023 at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco.
This will be the second time the ACM Awards have been held in the DFW area. The 50th ACM Awards were held in 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Next year’s awards show will also be the second time the ACMs will air online on Amazon Prime instead of a TV network and the first time the Dallas Cowboys headquarters in Frisco will host an awards show. .
The ACM began airing its annual awards show this year on Amazon’s streaming service and became the first major awards show to air on an online channel. The show received an Emmy for Outstanding Technical Direction at this year’s Emmy Awards.
The move to Frisco came as a surprise to longtime ACM viewers. The Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles hosted the Country Music Awards from 1991 to 2002. Various venues across Las Vegas have hosted the awards 17 times over the past 20 years. The exceptions were two performances in Nashville and the one at AT&T Stadium in 2015. That production was hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, according to the ACM website.
Governor Greg Abbott sent a congratulatory message from his staff office to Frisco on being named the host city of the ACM Awards in 2023.
“Congratulations to the City of Frisco on being selected to host one of country music’s greatest celebrations,” Abbott wrote. “Country music is a big part of the Texas brand and is deeply rooted in the cultural traditions of our state. I look forward to working alongside city leaders as they prepare to welcome and celebrate artists. cherished by Texans and people around the world.”
The 2023 awards will also be the first with a new executive producer. Longtime producer RA Clark has been a part of the annual ACM Awards since the 39th annual event in 2004, beginning as co-executive producer, according to the Internet Movie Database. Grammy Awards executive producer Raj Kapoor will replace Clark next year.
“The Academy is proud to extend its relationship with Amazon to once again bring the ACM Awards live to a global audience on Prime Video,” Academy of Country Music CEO Damon Whiteside said in a statement. “The March 2022 show was a defining moment for ACM and a huge step forward for country music, allowing audiences around the world to see their favorite artists perform live and be recognized for their excellence. We look forward to taking the show to a new level for fans with an exciting new venue and an integrated partnership with the Dallas Cowboys.
No names have been announced for hosting duties or live performances at the May 2023 event. Country music icon Dolly Parton hosted the 2022 awards from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The show featured live performances from singers and bands like Kelly Clarkson, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Tenpenny. Miranda Lambert won Entertainer of the Year at the 2022 ACM Awards; it was his 37th ACM award, setting a record for the most won by a single artist or group.
The main ceremony will be broadcast on Amazon Prime, and Amazon’s other channels will provide additional coverage from the red carpet on Amazon Fashion and Amazon Music’s Twitch channel. Amazon said in an online statement that it aims to make the ACM Awards broadcast from Frisco a “360-degree, immersive, fan-only event for global audiences.”