The Academy of Country Musics annual ACM Honors special will air on the Fox network in September, putting the show back on a significant broadcast network for the very first time in four years. The go back to a significant network comes as, ironically, its parent show, the ACM Awards, made the switch from broadcast TV to as an exclusive Amazon Prime Video webcast earlier this spring.
ACM Honors could have its first airing on Fox Sept. 13 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT. The special last appeared on broadcast TV prime-time in 2017, when it aired on CBS. In the interim, the show have been seen on cable networks and livestreams, including CircleTV for the 2021 edition.
The special will air almost three weeks following the taping at its longtime home, Nashvilles Ryman Auditorium, on Aug. 24.
One obvious reason behind Fox dealing with the special: Its an opportunity to further promote the networks upcoming country-themed drama series Monarch, starring Trace Adkins and Susan Sarandon, which bows two days earlier, Sept. 11. Adkins will perform his cover of Hank Williams Jr.s A Country Boy MAY SURVIVE, set to also be contained in Monarch.
ACM Honors provides trophies selected by way of a board and honoring long bodies of work in country, instead of the ACM Awards, which are for recordings during the past year and voted upon by the Academys entire membership.
As previously announced, the honorees for the 2022 show include Morgan Wallen, who made probably the most successful album in virtually any genre during the past year or two, despite generating controversy that landed him in a TV and radio penalty box for a lot of 2021. With the singer still having only limited TV appearances despite dominating the commercial music landscape, his booking alone will guarantee a particular degree of viewer turnout from the group of fans that considers him the reigning king of mainstream country.
Also being honored with special awards are Shania Twain, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton and it series Yellowstone.
On the list of artists set to execute on ACM Honors are Wallen, Wynonna Judd, Kelsea Ballerini, Mickey Guyton, Dierks Bentley, Avril Lavigne, Brooks & Dunn, Dan + Shay, Vince Gill, Lainey Wilson, Little Big Town, Jordan Davis, Ernest, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley and Hardy. More performers are anticipated to be announced in the run-up to the taping.
We have been thrilled to create among our industrys favorite & most poignant nights back again to primetime television also to start our first-ever ACM partnership with Fox, said Academy of Country Music CEO Damon Whiteside. Being our 15th anniversary show makes the go back to television a lot more special and an excellent possibility to bring ACM Honors to the fans to see the admiration and respect our country community has because of its own through emotional tributes and unique performances.
Whiteside may be the shows executive producer for the Academy of Country Music, and Martin Fischer is executive producer for Opry Entertainment. Ben Roy is really a co-executive producer, and Sacha Mueller may be the specials producer. Rob Wade, the president of alternative entertainment and specials for Fox Entertainment, joined to make Wednesdays announcement.