On Thursday, the Academy of Country Music announced the hosts for its 56th annual awards ceremony and the groundbreaking news broke a much needed glass ceiling.

Making country music history, multi-talented singer/songwriter Mickey Guyton will serve as the first Black woman to host the ACMAs, where she will be joined by fellow country artist Keith Urban. “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,” Guyton expressed in a statement. “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.”

“I’m beyond thrilled to be co-hosting with my friend Mickey,” Urban added. “I love that finally everyone will get to see her infectious energy and uber creative spirit in full light.”

Mickey Guyton released her self-titled, debut EP in 2015 and was subsequently nominated for her first Academy of Country Music Award for New Female Vocalist in 2016. In September of 2020, she released Bridges, containing the hit singles “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” as well as, “Black Like Me.”

The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, April 18th, 2021 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS and will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

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