2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards No Longer Taking Place At Shrine Auditorium

The fate of the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards is unclear after organizers announced that the award show will no longer…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 14, 2020

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The fate of the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards is unclear after organizers announced that the award show will no longer be taking place at the planned venue, The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

A statement about the show was released on Friday (March 13), in which iHeartRadio promised that more details would be announced soon. The official statement cited the safety of “guests, employees, artists and partners” as the reason for the change.

iHeartradio later clarified that votes are still being counted, however, questions from fans who asked about tickets and refunds were not answered.

Many are speculating that the show might go on without an audience, but no further details have been confirmed.

The iHeartRadio Music Awards were scheduled to air live on FOX Sunday, March 29 at 8 pm ET.

Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Morgan Wallen, Dan + Shay, Billy Ray Cyrus Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Justin Moore, Jimmie Allen, Matt Stell, Riley Green and Runaway June are among the country artists nominated for iHeartRadio Music Awards.

The news comes after several days of live performance postponements and cancellations due to the global outbreak of COVID-19.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.