ACM 2020: Academy of Country Music Awards is postponed due to coronavirus

16 March 2020, 13:01 | Updated: 17 March 2020, 14:35

ACM 2020 Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert: Academy of Country Music Awards postpones 55th ceremony
ACM 2020 Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert: Academy of Country Music Awards postpones 55th ceremony. Picture: PA

By Rory O'Connor

The Academy of Country Music Awards has postponed its 55th ceremony due to restrictions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

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This year's awards were due to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 5 and broadcast live on TV.

However, the awards will now be moved to later this year in September, with a new date yet to be confirmed.

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Refunds will be issued for the 2020 ACM Awards and all ACM weekend-related events.

A statement by ACM CEO Damon Whiteside read: "The ACM Awards is a tentpole event for our Country Music industry, and the Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark productions went to great lengths to find a safe solution for the show to go on so that we can honour our artist community.

"This decision involved many partners, stakeholders and the industry who we have been in constant conversations with over the past several days as the situation has developed.

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"We look forward to identifying a future date that we can celebrate with our Country community safely."

Keith Urban was expected to host the awards for the first time and was also set to perform on the night.

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Miranda Lambert was also set for a solo performance before taking part in a group performance of 'Fooled Around and Fell in Love' with Lindsay Ell, Caylee Hammack, Elle King, Ashley McBryde and Tenille Townes.