The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards have been postponed in the wake of the global coronavirus outbreak.
The Academy of Country Music revealed the news on Sunday (March 15), confirming that the show will now take place in September. Further details about the postponement have yet to be announced.
“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 honor 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. We look forward to identifying a future date that we can celebrate with our Country community safely,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music.
Dubbed “Country Music’s Party of the Year,” the ACM Awards were scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 5. Keith Urban was set to host for the first time ever.
Just days ago, the ACM announced that Urban and Miranda Lambert were among the show’s performers, however, it is unclear if they will be performing at the newly scheduled event.
According to the ACM, refunds will be issued for tickets purchased for the ACM Awards and ACM Party for a Cause events, including ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off and ACM Beach Bash.