In a joint statement issued this morning to Billboard, the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions say the health and safety of everyone connected with the show remains their top priority.
“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,” the statement reads. “We will take every precaution to ensure the safety of our artists, staff, crew, guests and attendees.”
It’s the ACM’s first statement on the disease which, according to the World Health Organization, has infected more than 1,000 people in the United States alone, resulting in at least 30 deaths. Global cases have surpassed 115,000.
The U.S. live industry has been hit hard by the epidemic. On Tuesday, Coachella and Stagecoach were rescheduled for October, the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, based in Music City, was postponed to later this year and South by Southwest in Austin was canceled, due to COVID-19 concerns.
As previously reported, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and producer Dann Huff lead the pack for the 55th ACM Awards, with five nominations each. They’re followed by Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber and Blake Shelton with four nominations each.
This year’s ceremony will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena, with Urban hosting and CBS Television Network broadcasting the show live from 8:00-11:00 PM ET.
The ACM Awards are produced by dick clark productions, which is owned by Valence Media, the parent company of Billboard.