THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS RETURNS TO PRIME VIDEO WITH MULTI-YEAR DEAL
THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
RETURNS TO PRIME VIDEO WITH MULTI-YEAR DEAL
THE 59TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS TO AIR
MAY 2024 FROM FORD CENTER AT THE STAR –
WORLD HEADQUARTERS OF THE DALLAS COWBOYS IN FRISCO, TEXAS
More than 7.7 million viewers watched the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards on Prime Video, making the 2023 ACM Awards one of the most-watched awards shows of the year.
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NASHVILLE, Tennessee—November 2, 2023—In collaboration with the Academy of Country Music and producer Dick Clark Productions, Prime Video today announced the return of the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) on the service for the next two years, taking the show through its milestone 60th anniversary in 2025. The 59th ACM Awards is set for May 2024 from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Additional details, including award submissions and voting timeline, hosts, nominees, performers, and ticket on-sale details, will be confirmed in the months ahead.
The renewal comes on the heels of the 58th awards show, which was hosted by global superstars Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks and garnered more than 7.7 million viewers on Prime Video plus additional viewership across Amazon Music, the Amazon Music channel on Twitch, and Amazon Live, making the 2023 ACM Awards one of the most-watched awards shows of the year. Making history, the 2022 ACM Awards became the first major awards show to exclusively stream live for a global audience and deliver an unforgettable concert event that put fans center stage across Prime Video, Amazon Music, Amazon Fashion, Amazon Freevee, Amazon Live, and more. The 2023 ACM Awards is still available on demand on Prime Video, Amazon Freevee, and Amazon Music.
“When Prime Video first streamed the ACM Awards in 2022, we were overwhelmed with the response from our global audience,” said Vernon Sanders, head of television, Amazon MGM Studios. “After seeing last year’s show grow to more than 7.7 million viewers, we could not be more thrilled to continue our relationship with the Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions for the next two years, and especially through the show’s milestone 60th anniversary in 2025. We look forward to continuing the success and bringing even more star-studded and captivating shows to fans around the world.”
“The Academy is proud to extend our relationship with Amazon for the next two years, through the historic milestone of the 60th ACM Awards, and continue to bring Country Music’s Party of the Year live to a global audience on Prime Video,” said Academy of Country Music CEO Damon Whiteside. “Thanks to the biggest host pairing of all time, Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks, the comprehensive, cross-platform program with our partners at Prime Video and Amazon Music, and the dedicated fans in Texas and around the world, the May 2023 show was a groundbreaking success and illustrates that our pioneering and innovative move to streaming was absolutely the right one at the right time! We’re eager to see everyone back in Texas once again at the home of the Dallas Cowboys next May for another groundbreaking ACM Awards show!”
“The ACM Awards continues its legacy of celebrating the very best of country music, captivating audiences globally,” said Jay Penske, CEO, Chairman and Founder, Penske Media, and CEO of DCP. “We look forward to collaborating with our partners at the Academy of Country Music and Prime Video building together towards the show's 60th anniversary in 2025."
“We had the best time bringing the ACM Awards to country music fans last year,” said Ryan Redington, GM of Amazon Music. “The ACM Awards continue to shine a spotlight on talent with incredible performances year after year, and celebrate the artists, songwriters, and producers that make country music great. We look forward to bringing one of the biggest country music moments of the year to fans again in 2024.”
The 2023 show, hosted by Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks, was a two-hour concert event which streamed live globally on Prime Video and the Amazon Music channel on Twitch. The night featured an all-star lineup of memorable moments, including 18 show-stopping performances from 25 artists, along with exclusive collaborations and unexpected moments that captivated fans worldwide. In the lead-up to the show, the Official ACM Awards Red Carpet Show streamed live on Prime, giving fans the party before the party and access to all the excitement from the carpet, along with special performances.
The Academy’s highest honor, ACM Entertainer of the Year, was awarded to Chris Stapleton for the first time. His multiple wins at the 58th ACM Awards qualified him for the coveted ACM Triple Crown Award, celebrating artists who have won New Female/Male Artist of the Year, Female/Male Artist of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year. HARDY and Lainey Wilson led the night in total wins with four each, followed by Cole Swindell with three wins.
The 59th ACM Awards will mark a return to Texas for the second year. Ford Center at The Star in Frisco opened in 2016 and serves as the state-of-the-art practice facility for the Dallas Cowboys, as well as the home for many major sporting events throughout the year. Last year’s ACM Awards were the first awards show to take place at Ford Center.
Highlights of the Amazon 360 experience included:
- Amazon Live streamed an interactive, shoppable version of Prime Video’s red carpet preshow, appearing on prominent Amazon placements including the Amazon Homepage, the ACM Awards Storefront, Amazon Fashion homepage, and the Amazon Live homepage. Customers could interact with hosts, artists, and celebrities via the Amazon Live chat feature and seamlessly shop the product carousel, featuring top artist merchandise and Amazon Fashion curations, including exclusive merchandise from Dolly Parton and a host of other country stars.
- Amazon Fashion’s red carpet livestream on TikTok looked at country music’s hottest trends in the lead up to the live show with entertainment correspondent Makho Ndlovu (@makhondlovu) and special appearances by Gabi Daiagi (@gabidaiagi) and Lauren Wolfe (@laurenwolfe), as well as Claudia Oshry (@girlwithnojob) and Margo Oshry (@margoshry), who also led a takeover of the Amazon Fashion Snapchat.
About the Academy of Country Music:
Founded in Southern California in 1964 as a regional trade organization, the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM) has grown in the almost-60 years since into a leading association for the Country Music industry. Now headquartered in Nashville, TN and boasting record-high membership of nearly 5,000 nationwide, the Academy serves as a powerhouse advocate for Country fans, artists, and all facets of the business, as well as a supporter of philanthropic work through charitable partner ACM LIFTING LIVES, dedicated to improving lives through the power of music and providing aid in times of need, with a focus on health initiatives. 2023 has been another monumental year for the Academy, with the ACM Awards having returned to Texas in May and streamed live for a global audience on Prime Video, still the only major awards show to livestream exclusively. The Academy also remains relentlessly committed to creating a more inclusive environment for underrepresented groups in Country Music, from the boardroom to the stage, and over the last year has launched both ACM LEVel Up, a two-year professional development and enrichment curriculum for rising leaders, and OnRamp, a guaranteed income program for Black members of the Nashville music community, in partnership with the Black Music Action Coalition. For more information, visit ACMcountry.com or ACMLiftingLives.org.
About Dick Clark Productions:
Dick Clark Productions is the world's largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming including the "Academy of Country Music Awards," "American Music Awards," "Billboard Music Awards," "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest," “Golden Globe Awards,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” from 19 Entertainment and DCP, and “Streamy Awards.” Dick Clark Productions owns one of the world's most extensive and unique entertainment archive libraries with more than 60 years of award-winning shows, historic specials, performances, and legendary programming. Dick Clark Productions is a Penske Media company. For more information, please visit www.DickClark.com.
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About The Star:
The Star is the 91-acre campus of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and training facility in Frisco, Texas. Developed as a first-of-its-kind partnership between the City of Frisco, Frisco ISD and the Dallas Cowboys, The Star features Ford Center, a 12,000-seat stadium that hosts Frisco ISD football games, concerts and other events; Cowboys Fit, a 60,000 square-foot gym developed in partnership with leading fitness developer, Mark Mastrov; Cowboys Club, a members-only club where the country club meets the NFL; the Omni Frisco Hotel, a 16-floor, 300-room luxury hotel; Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at The Star, a 300,000 square-foot center of excellence for sports medicine; Twelve Cowboys Way, a 17-story, luxury residential tower in partnership between Pro Football Hall-of-Fame Quarterback #12 Roger Staubach, and Dallas-based developer and former Dallas Cowboys center, Robert Shaw; Formation, a dynamic coworking experience offering a collaborative work environment of open workspace, dedicated desks and private offices; as well as a variety of shopping, dining and nightlife options throughout The Star District. For more information on The Star, visit www.TheStarInFrisco.com.