ACM Awards Postponed Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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Keith Urban at the 2019 ACM Awards

Keith Urban was set to host the show, which was scheduled to be broadcast live April 5 from Las Vegas on CBS.

Add the Academy of Country Music Awards to the list of Hollywood events being postponed amid the global coronavirus crisis.

The academy said Sunday its 55th ACM Awards ceremony has been postponed. The show was scheduled to be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 5 on CBS. The kudocast will be rescheduled to air in September; the date, time and venue are to be determined. 

"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.

The news followed the cancellation or postponement of major events including E3, Coachella, SXSW, MIPTV, CinemaCon and more, as many companies allow their staffers to work from home or limit face-to-face business meetings and unnecessary travel.

And it's not the only awards show being impacted. In March, Canada's music-centric Juno Awards were canceled, as was the GLAAD Media Awards in New York, while the Kids' Choice Awards were postponed. The BAFTA Games Awards is moving to a live stream.

Keith Urban was set to host the ACM Awards, with Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and producer Dann Huff leading the nominations with five each. Urban also was set to perform, along with Miranda Lambert, Lindsay Ell, Caylee Hammack, Elle King, Ashley McBryde and Tenille Townes.

The ACM Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions, a division of Valence Media, the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter.