Thursday, November 2, 2023
– The Academy of Country Music Awards will stay with Amazon Prime 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.
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.
The 2022 ACM Awards became the first major awards show to exclusively stream live for a global audience.
"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 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.