Peabody Awards Cancels 2020 Ceremony

Billy Porter, Janet Mock and Ryan Murphy? attend the 78th Annual Peabody Awards -Getty-H 2019
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Winners will be announced June 10.

The Peabody Awards has canceled its 2020 ceremony "due to the extenuating circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Organizers said Thursday that its annual ceremony, which had already been postponed from the previously announced date of June 18, will not be held this year. The ceremony was set to take place in L.A. — at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel — for the first time in its 80-year history.

Instead, winners will be announced Wednesday. In lieu of the ceremony, winners will be creating acceptance videos that will be posted online. In addition, the recipient of the Career Achievement Award will be unveiled Monday.

Peabody announced the original postponement in March.

"The safety of guests, staff, as well as partners involved in the annual ceremony remains top priority and as such, Peabody is monitoring the situation to determine a more appropriate time to host the ceremony," the organization said at the time.

In addition, because the jury traditionally conducts face-to-face deliberations to select nominees and winners, the timeline for those announcements were also "under review."

Nominees were originally scheduled to be announced in April, with the winners to be revealed in May. All nominees must receive a unanimous vote by the jurors; 60 nominees are selected, 30 of which will be honored with a Peabody Award.

The Peabody Awards honor "the most intelligent, powerful and moving stories told in broadcasting and digital media," in categories including entertainment, documentary and news programming.

The program is based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Updated 9:17 a.m. June 4: Added news of the cancellation.