As cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus continue to rise across the United States, leading festivals and other music events to postpone or cancel shows, the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions plan to move forward with the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards show, which is set for April 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“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 organization said via a statement.
The ACM today announced its first round of performers, with a lineup that includes this year’s ACM Awards host Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert. Lambert will perform alongside Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars tourmates Lindsay Ell, Caylee Hammack, Elle King, Ashley McBryde and Tenille Townes for their live television premiere performance of their Music Event of the Year-nominated song “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.
In recent weeks, Nashville-based songwriter festival Tin Pan South announced it will postpone the festival until the summer, while Austin’s massive SXSW festival announced its cancellation. Coachella and its country music-focused counterpart Stagecoach have both been postponed until October.
To date, there have been more than 120,000 confirmed cases of the virus globally, including more than 1,000 in the United States.
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