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The ACM’s Are Leaving Las Vegas.

After 18 years, the Academy of Country Music Awards are leaving Las Vegas and moving to Texas. <Insert crying emojis here.>

Prime Video has announced that they will, once again, livestream the country music extravaganza exclusively for a global audience in 2023. But, this time, from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

In 2022, the 57th ACM Awards, originated from Allegiant Stadium, and was nominated for a Prime Time Emmy.

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The 58th ACM Awards will be the first awards show to take place at Ford Center which 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.

However, the artists that I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with all agree, Vegas is still their favorite destination for major Country music events.

The Las Vegas hospitality and entertainment options are often mentioned and are hands down, the best in the world.

Have the ACM’s always been held in Las Vegas?

The Academy of Country Music Awards were first held in 1966 and were first televised in 1972. The early awards shows originated from various locations in Los Angeles before making the move to Las Vegas in 2003.

As the Awards show grew in popularity the size of the venue increased. In Las Vegas, the show has been broadcast from the Mandalay Events Center, MGM Grand Garden Arena, T-Mobile Arena and Allegiant Stadium.

Recently, there have been a couple years in which the ACM Awards originated from cities other than Las Vegas.

In 2015, the 50th Annual ACM awards celebration was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. And, in 2020, the 55th ACM Awards, originally scheduled for Vegas, were postponed and relocated to Nashville because of the COVID pandemic.

The ACM’s will be missed.

Las Vegas has the infrastructure, the technology and the experience to delivery world-class events. Not only are the venues outstanding, but the extra-curricular activities can’t be beat.

I think it’s safe to say, no other city in the nation is better equipped to handle major country music events like the ACM Awards and the National Finals Rodeo.

People say, “Things are bigger in Texas,” but there’s no way that they will be better.


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