KEITH URBAN TO HOST
THE 2020 AMC AWARDS

Above: Country music superstar Keith Urban will host the 2020 AMC awards on Wednesday, September 16.

With the 2020 ACM Awards just one week away, country music superstar Keith Urban is still ironing out the kinks in his hosting duties. Not only will it be the awards show’s first go in Nashville, it’s also the first time Urban has ever hosted the ceremony.

The country superstar was announced as the 2020 ACM Awards’ ringleader back in February, when the show was still set for April in Las Vegas. Six months and a continuing global pandemic later, Urban will instead present the ACM Awards in an audience-less edition in Music City. Now, the novice awards show host is figuring out all that will entail.

“What my hosting duties are gonna be, I’m still working on right now,” Urban admits. “We’re still piecing this all together. I love the fact that we’re going to do it in Nashville; I love that it’s going ahead. Here we are in September — ACMs in September is a first. I love that we’re going to be doing it in a few amazing places.”

Above, left to right: Performers at the 2019 AMC Awards included Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. 

The singer continues, “I’m going to be hosting from Grand Ole Opry House and crossing over to some performances in the Bluebird Cafe and also Ryman Auditorium. So what’s great about this is, even though a lot of people won’t to be able to come — and obviously we can’t have people in the audience — there’s going to be a lot of people around the world that get to see these places that have never seen them before.”

Urban is currently in his native Australia, where his wife, actor Nicole Kidman, is filming a movie. The musician will be packing up with his family and heading to Nashville just in time for the ACM Awards. From there, he’ll only get a few practice run-throughs as host before the event goes live.

“We’ll be doing [rehearsals] a few days before we shoot,” Urban explains. “So that’ll be coming up very soon. It’s complicated by everything. I just have the attitude [that] we’ll be like water, and we’ll just keep flowing.”

Above: Dan + Shay’s Tequila won Song of the Year at the 2019 ACM Awards.

Urban’s 11th studio album, The Speed of Now, Part 1, will be released on September 18, two days after the 2020 ACM Awards. Its creation was also heavily affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with much of the effort being recorded at home.

The evening will include performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Jon Pardi and Tenille Townes among others.

The 2020 ACM Awards will air live from Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday, September 16, from 8-11 p.m. ET. Tune in on CBS at 8 p.m. ET (delayed on PT) or stream the ACMs on CBS All Access.