Country Singer Mickey Guyton Makes History as the First Black Woman to Host the Academy of Country Music Awards

Country singer Mickey Guyton is making history by becoming the first Black woman to host the Academy of Country Music Awards next month.

The Academy of Country Music, dick clark productions, and CBS have announced that 15-time ACM Award winner Keith Urban and New Female Artist of the Year nominee Mickey Guyton, will host the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards.

At last year’s Academy of Country Music Awards show, Guyton performed her critically acclaimed song “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” which featured Urban as a surprise guest on piano.

“Last year I had the opportunity to perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards with someone I long admired, Keith Urban, and this year I am incredibly excited to share hosting duties with him,” said Guyton in a written statement.

“As I’ve said before, ‘If you can see it, you can be it,’ and it’s such an honor to step onto the ACM stage as the first-ever Black woman to host the show. Over the years, the Academy of Country Music has always been a home for me through opportunities both onstage and throughout their work on diversity and inclusion. This is a moment of great significance for me and I am so thrilled to share it with all the fans.”

“Following Mickey’s groundbreaking and emotional performance featuring Keith Urban at last September’s ACM Awards, the producers knew that they would make a perfect hosting duo,” ACM, dick clark productions, and CBS said in a joint statement.

“Since then, Mickey had a stratospheric rise and Keith has continued to top the charts. They will make a dynamic pairing that captures the warmth, humor, and comfort that the fans are looking for, and join a legendary list of talented artists that have hosted the ACM Awards over the years.”

The 56th ACM Awards will broadcast live from the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, and The Bluebird Cafe on Sunday, April 18 (8:00-11:00 p.m., live Eastern/delayed Pacific) on CBS. It will be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.