It may seem a little early to focus on a 2021 awards show, but the eligibility year for the 56th annual ACM Awards is already three-fourths over.
The country community is still counting down to the CMT Music Awards, scheduled for Oct. 21, and the CMA Awards, set for Nov. 11, but the Academy of Country Music is already looking ahead to next year’s ACM Awards, set for April 18, 2021.
On Thursday (Oct. 1), the Academy of Country Music announced the submissions and ballot timeline for its professional voting membership for the 56th annual ACM Awards. It also announced that the membership application and renewal process has opened.
It may seem a little early to focus on next year's ACM Awards. This year's awards, where Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett tied for entertainer of the year, were held just two weeks ago (on Sept. 16). But that show was delayed five months by COVID-19. The eligibility period for the 56th annual ACM Awards is already three-fourths over. It runs from Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020.