How to watch the Academy of Country Music Awards

First premiering back in 1966, the Academy of Country Music Awards show was originally broadcast by ABC. It then moved to NBC before jumping to CBS where it remains today. The ACM Awards have surged in popularity in recent years. For its 50th anniversary in 2015, the ACM Awards took place at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. With 70,252 in attendance for the show, it broke the Guinness World Record for Most Attended Awards Show.

The ACM Awards is constantly evolving to better serve fans of country music. There was a time when the event experimented with online voting for select awards to improve audience engagement. However, after claims of online ballet stuffing and meeting the ire of talents like Kenny Chesney, the plan was abandoned. Members of the Academy of Country Music select the nominees and vote for the winners of the competition.

Have the 2020 ACM Awards been rescheduled?

Typically the ACM Awards take place in April or May and acknowledge the best country artists and songs of the preceding year. The 2020 ACM Awards was originally set to take place on Sunday, April 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. However, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the show has been postponed to September 16. 

Live TV streaming services for the ACM Awards 

Several live streaming providers carry CBS, including CBS All Access, fuboTV, Hulu and YouTube TV. All have apps you can use to enjoy programming on mobile devices, smart TVs and some game consoles. 

CBS All Access

CBS All Access offers a one-week free trial then gives you two options to choose from. As a premium service for all things CBS, you’ll be able to stream the ACM Awards the same way as you would most other cable-alternative streaming services. Its ad-supported option costs $5.99/mo. The ad-free plan is $9.99/mo. Both let you stream on two screens simultaneously. However, when it comes to watching offline, only the ad-free plan provides an option. Only select shows are available for download.

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Enjoy access to over 15,000+ episodes of CBS content, including premium shows and sports content. Starting at just $5.99, CBS All Access provides quality content at a respectable price.


fuboTV costs $54.99/mo. after a 7-day free trial. The service works as an alternative to cable allowing you to stream CBS, FOX, NBC, TBS, TNT and many other live national networks. You’ll be able to enjoy the awards show on up to two devices simultaneously. If this isn’t enough, you can upgrade to the Family Share plan for $5.99/mo. for 3 simultaneous streams. fuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR storage which will let you watch your favorite shows on your time.

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Enjoy the largest selection of live sports content! Get 100+ channels with up to 500 hours of online cloud DVR storage and the option to stream on multiple devices simultaneously.

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu has four plans to choose from, but you’ll only be able to watch the ACM Awards on its cable alternative models — Hulu + Live TV ($54.99/mo.) and Premium + Live TV ($60.99/mo.) Hulu + Live TV is ad-supported while Premium + Live TV is ad-free for its on-demand content. You can try either service for seven days to see which is best for you. Hulu + Live TV lets you stream on up to two devices concurrently. But if you have a large household, this may not be enough screens. So, Hulu gives you the option to upgrade your plan to unlimited screens for an extra $9.99/mo. Hulu + Live TV includes 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. And if this isn’t enough, you can increase your storage to 200 hours for an additional $9.99/mo.

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YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a cable alternative with over 70 channels from national networks that costs $49.99/mo. Like the other services on this list, YouTube TV offers a free seven-day trial. YouTube’s cable-alternative service works well for households letting you share with up to six members. Its family group option gives you the ability to create up to six user profiles. That way, your preferred content is easily accessible. Even though there are six profiles, only three can stream at the same time. Not only will you be able to save the ACM Awards to your cloud DVR, but as many other shows and movies as you please. YouTube TV has unlimited Cloud DVR storage letting you save content for up to nine months. 

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The takeaway

 As long as you have a TV provider that provides access to CBS, you’ll be able to watch the Academy of Country Music Awards. But like traditional TV providers, there are streaming alternatives that’ll also air the show. Cable alternatives like fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV will bring you the ACM Awards as well as a wide array of national networks such as Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, History Channel, HGTV and more. If you want to give any of the services a spin, you can do so for seven days for free.

Zack Kulm

Zack Kulm is a writer and contributor of He covers a variety of topics from entertainment and gaming technologies to pop culture commentary. Kulm received a degree in English from Penn State University and Film Studies from Pittsburgh Filmmakers Institute. He also produces award-winning documentaries.