ACM Awards to Proceed Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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Keith Urban

Host Keith Urban will perform at the April 5 awards ceremony in Las Vegas, as will nominee Miranda Lambert with Lindsay Ell, Caylee Hammack, Elle King, Ashley McBryde and Tenille Townes.

The Academy of Country Music said its April 5 awards show will still go on at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, but officials are monitoring the spread of the coronavirus.

The show's organizers announced Wednesday that host and reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban will perform on the kudocast, airing live on CBS, as well as nominee Miranda Lambert with Lindsay Ell, Caylee Hammack, Elle King, Ashley McBryde and Tenille Townes.

"We are closely monitoring the situation along with the MGM team, who are in continuous contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Southern Nevada Health District, and other agencies and experts for guidance. We will take every precaution to ensure the safety of our artists, staff, crew, guests and attendees," the ACM said in a statement.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. In mainland China, where the virus first exploded, more than 80,000 people have been diagnosed and more than 58,000 have so far recovered.

The ACM organization is based in Encino, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom has been urging the state's residents to avoid large gatherings to prevent the spread of the virus. Nevada has only had a small number of confirmed cases.

The SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, was canceled over concerns of spreading the coronavirus, and the California-based music festivals Coachella and the country-themed Stagecoach are being postponed until the fall.

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