How to watch ACM Awards 2020: stream the Country Music Awards live online tonight

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After a six month delay, the world of country music tonight at last gets to honor its biggest stars - read on for your guide to getting a 2020 ACM Awards live stream, no matter where you are in the world.

Hosted by Keith Urban, this year's event will include both live and pre-taped performances from some of the genre's most popular artists.

Big names scheduled to perform include Pink, Trisha Yearwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi, Mickey Guyton, and Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani. 

ACM Awards 2020: cheat sheet

The 55th annual ACM Awards will be held at three iconic venues synonymous with country music: the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe on Wednesday, September 16th. The Country Music Awards will air live on CBS, beginning at 8 p.m. ET and will also be available to watch on CBS All Access. US residents abroad can enjoy the same great coverage they would normally - try ExpressVPN FREE for 30-days to take all your home TV and streaming comforts with you wherever you are.

On top of that, there's the promise of a live performance debut of Taylor Swift's latest single "Betty" from her critically-acclaimed new album Folklore.

Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, and producer-musician Dann Huff the top the list of nominees with five nods each, while Luke Combs, Blake Shelton, Dan + Shay, and Old Dominion are also in the running for multiple awards.

Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs, Luke Bryan,Thomas Rhett, and  Eric Church are meanwhile all in contention for the night's big prize - the prestigious Entertainer of the Year award.

Keep reading to find out how to watch the ACM Awards online and get a Country Music Awards 2020 live stream wherever you are tonight - even if you're away from the homestead.

How to watch the Country Music Awards from outside your country

If you find yourself away from home for business or on vacation when the 2020 ACM Awards air, don’t despair. You can still enjoy the opening of the envelopes from afar.

Utilising a VPN will let you stream the Country Music Awards no matter where you’re watching from. This basic bit of software can change your IP address so you can access each episode live or on demand as episodes become available, just as if you were at home.

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Once installed, just pick the location of your home country, click connect, and...yippee ki-yay! You’ll be free to watch the ACM Awards 2020 online no matter where you’re located today.

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How to watch the 2020 ACM Awards online FREE in the US


If you have cable, this year's Country Music Awards will be broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET on September 16th and will also be available to stream on CBS All Access

It’s free if you have cable – you just need to input your provider details to watch. Otherwise, it’s $5.99 p/m for its Limited Commercials plan and $9.99 to stream without commercials. However the service is currently offering a 7-day free trial right now. 

If you're after something offering more than just access to a single network, then check out FuboTV - a great value over-the-top streaming service that offers CBS and loads more channels for way less than cable. 

There's even a FREE Fubo trial you can take advantage of tonight, effectively meaning the ACM Awards don't cost anything to watch online!

Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch is a London-born, Dublin-based writer and journalist. The author of Steve Jobs: A Biographic Portrait, Kevin is a regular feature writer for a number of tech sites and the former Technology Editor for the Daily Mirror. He has also served as editor of and has been a member of the judging panel for the BAFTA British Academy Video Game Awards. Alongside reviewing the latest AV gear, smartphones and computers, Kevin also specialises in music tech and can often be found putting the latest DAWs, MIDI controllers and guitar modellers through their paces. Born within the sound of Bow Bells, Kevin is also a lifelong West Ham fan for his troubles.