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Miss USA Pageant

Miss USA Pageant

Photo Credit:  NBC
  • Premiered: 
    June 4, 1965
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: pageant

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 1952, young women have vied for the title of Miss USA, with contestants -- one from each of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia -- competing in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. MISS USA began as a concurrent event with the MISS UNIVERSE competition in Long Beach, CA, and the two events moved together to Miami Beach, FL, in 1960, where CBS began broadcasting the MISS UNIVERSE competition with highlights from the MISS USA PAGEANT, which was held earlier that same week. In 1965, the two competitions became separate live television specials on CBS, the network that showed MISS USA every year through 2002. After changing networks in 2003, NBC broadcast the competition live through 2014. In 2015, ReelzChannel telecast the event live, picking up the rights after NBCUniversal dropped the competition following controversial comments by Donald Trump, whose company, the Trump Organization, owns the MISS USA PAGEANT. In September 2015, Trump sold the Miss USA Pageant (and the Miss Universe Pageant) to WME/IMG, with the event returning to primetime network television in 2016.
The 69th annual competition, telecast live from Graceland in Memphis, TN on Monday, November 9, 2020 from 8-10pm ET (live) on FYI, was hosted by Allie LaForce and Akbar Gbajabiamila, with Cheslie Kryst (Miss USA 2019) and Christian Murphy serving as backstage commentators. Haley Reinhart is scheduled to perform.


Other Titles

  • Starting in 2013, known as Miss USA Competition

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by dick clark productions


  • Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino (2008-2013) - Las Vegas, Nevada USA - Map It!
  • Baton Rouge River Center (2014 & 2015) - Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA - Map It!
  • T-Mobile Arena at MGM Grand (2016) - Las Vegas, Nevada USA
  • Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino (2017) - Las Vegas, Nevada USA
  • Hirsch Memorial Coliseum (2018) - Shreveport, Louisiana USA
  • Grand Sierra Resort (2019) - Reno, Nevada USA
  • Graceland (2020) - Memphis, Tennessee USA