Sunday’s ACM Awards will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and the tragedy at the Route 91 festival that in the city this past October certainly won’t be forgotten.
"This is the elephant in the room," Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs) executive producer R.A. (RAC) Clark tells “Billboard.” "We are going to address it right at the top of the show. Rather than say exactly what we're going to do, I would prefer to keep it a mystery until we do.”
He adds, “But I feel like we found the appropriate voices to put to it. Then we have to get into our show -- not leave it behind, but focus on what's ahead of us."
This will be the 15th time in 16 years that the show’s taken place in Vegas, and while they could have moved the location because of the tragedy, it was quickly ruled out.
“To go back to Vegas this year just absolutely seems purposeful," ACM CEO Pete Fisher adds. "It's going to be emotional, and for those who were on those festival grounds on October 1st, I think emotionally, they will find themselves kind of pushing through some very difficult things."