Academy of Country Music Awards postponed amid coronavirus outbreak

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott, and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum attend the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Film

The Academy Country Music Awards has been delayed from its April 5 date amid the breakout of coronavirus.

Keith Urban was set to host the show with Dan + Shay and Maren Morris topping the nominations.


"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," said the ACM Awards in a press release obtained by Fox News.

No future date for the ceremony was given.

The statement continued: "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."

The organization promised refunds to those that had purchased tickets to the awards show and its associated events.

Many other music events have been canceled in recent weeks due to the rapid spread of COVID-19.

Music festivals Coachella and Stagecoach have been delayed while South by Southwest [SXSW] has been canceled entirely.

Similarly, performances at high profile theaters including Carnegie Hall, the Apollo, and all Broadway theaters have been canceled temporarily.