These Country Music Awards Are Making History

by Laura Rosenfeld

Hold onto your cowboy hats! Another country music awards show is coming at you. The 2016 American Country Countdown Awards will be airing live on Sunday, May 1 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. So just like with the country music awards shows that have already aired so far this year, you're probably going to want to know how to stream the American Country Countdown Awards online too, right?

Yeah, you are, especially after I tell you what's going to make this one even more amazing than the rest. For starters, this year's American Country Countdown Awards is going to make history. Airing live from The Forum in Los Angeles, the American Country Countdown Awards will be the first country music awards show to air live from the City of Angels in more than 10 years, according to its website.

We've also been waiting since December 2014 for the American Country Countdown Awards to air once again since the subsequent ceremony was postponed until this spring, The Tennessean reported in November 2015. So of course, the American Country Countdown Awards are pulling out all the stops for its triumphant return.

Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, and Cam are slated to open the awards show with a rendition of McBride's 2003 crossover smash "This One's for the Girls," Billboard reports. You know, the one that was basically in every commercial selling something having to do with women in the early-to-mid-2000s? But actually, I'm a fan of the song, and I think this is going to be a pretty great performance.

Toby Keith is also slated to serve up a memorable performance Sunday night. He's going to pay tribute to Merle Haggard, who passed away on April 6, 2016, along with the country music legend's famed band the Strangers, Billboard reported. It promises to be both heartbreaking, heartwarming, and altogether badass.

Even if you don't like country music, you'll probably find something to enjoy while watching the American Country Countdown Awards. The list of presenters for the awards show includes some celebs any entertainment fan would be familiar with, including Matthew McConaughey, Paula Abdul, and Luke Wilson, according to Taste of Country. Wow, there really is something for everyone here.

So are you convinced that you need to figure out a way to stream the American Country Countdown Awards yet? Good, because I've got your answers right here.

Stream It Through Cable

It appears that the only way to really live stream this year's awards show is to do so through a participating cable provider that allows you to access FOX through its live stream on a computer or mobile device. That means you need log-in credentials to access the live stream, which probably isn't the best option if you don't have cable, but it might be if you do.

Stream It Later

You should be able to catch some of the awards show's red carpet and behind-the-scenes action, which honors the best in country music this year "based on radio airplay charts, sales, and streaming data from April 1, 2015 to March 28, 2016 provided by BuzzAngle Music," according to Dick Clark Productions' website, on the American Country Countdown Awards' YouTube channel after it airs. As of the time of this writing, the YouTube channel only contained videos from the 2014 awards show, so fingers crossed that there will be something from this year's ceremony for you to look at.

See It In Person

Instead of live streaming the American Country Countdown Awards, you could potentially see them live and in person. Ticketmaster was still selling tickets to this year's festivities as late as Thursday night of last week, so you could head on over to that site and see if there are any still available if you happen to be in the L.A. area. The tickets are actually relatively moderately priced, ranging from $30 to $65, and if you consider all of the country music amazingness that you'll get under one roof, they're practically a steal.

If you don't catch the American Country Countdown Awards this year, at least you know how to go about watching them next year. Can I get a yeehaw to that?

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