After being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the live Academy of Country Music Awards show will now be held on September 16. The news was announced on the ACM Instagram feed. Keith Urban will still be the show's host.
"Mark your calendars! The 55th ACM Awards will now air live on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 8/7C on the CBS Television Network," the post read.
"I really can’t wait!!!" one fan replied.
"Can’t Wait for September 16th!" another said.
"First I’ll watch the awards then I get to see @danandshay live the next week please add them as performers," a third said.
The decision to push back the awards ceremony was made earlier this month.
"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," ACM CEO Damon Whiteside said in a statement at the time. "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 show was supposed to be on April 5, but now CBS will instead be airing "ACM Presents: Our Country" at 8 p.m. that evening. The program will feature acoustic performances from country stars from their homes.
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Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
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