According to reports, the Academy of Country Music along with CBS has announced that Keith Urban, the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year and 15-time ACM Award-winner, will host the 55th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
“We are thrilled to have our reigning Entertainer of the Year as the centerpiece of our 55th ACM Awards ceremony,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “Keith epitomizes greatness in our industry, is beloved by fans and fellow artists, and I can’t think of a better representative to be the face of our Awards show and to help usher in a new era at the Academy.”
2020 is already turning out to be a great year for the four-time GRAMMY Award winner. Keith Urban released a new single “God Whispered Your Name,” which is expected to be followed by several international releases before an album release later in the year.
Keith will have three distinctive shows each with their own production and setlist, that will highlight his year on stage, including 14 concert events at Las Vegas’ prestigious Caesar’s Palace Colosseum.
The 13-time Country Music Association Award winner will also have a European tour this May and select fairs and festivals later this summer.
“As if having a new song out today wasn’t enough, I also get to host the ACM Awards in April,” said Keith Urban. “I’ll tell you – this year already feels like the most creative and energized year of my life… and there’s so much more to come. Incredibly grateful – and ready to roll!”
Although the beginning of a new decade already seems to be promising for the four-time People’s Choice Award winner, it is a decade he’s coming Ito with a great deal of success. We witnessed Urban not to long ago take home the ACM and CMA Awards for Entertainer of the Year.
In addition, Keith officially wrapped a nearly two-year stretch that began with the #1 simultaneous debut (U.S., Canada and Australia) of his ninth studio album, Graffiti U, and concluded his critically acclaimed “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR,” which played to more than one million fans in seven countries on three continents.
Graffiti U follows the success of his Ripcord, which was released in 2016. That album featured five #1 hits, that included “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” which took home the award for Best Single at the 2017 CMA Awards as well as Favorite Country Song at the American Music Awards, where he also collected trophies for Favorite Country Album and Favorite Male Country Artist.
The former American Idol judge currently holds the No. 8 spot on Billboard’s All-Time Country Airplay Chart as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart (38) – a streak that started in August of 2000.
All nominations for the upcoming award show can be found here.