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Academy of Country Music Awards 2020 Sets New Date

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Keith Urban — the host of this year’s awards — is the current ACM entertainer of the year.

The 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards has a new date.

Hosted by Keith Urban, the 55th ACM Awards will take place Sept. 16 on the CBS Television Network, organizers announced Monday (March 23). CBS All Access will stream the rescheduled event live and on-demand, though it remains unclear where the annual gala will take place.

The new date replaces the awards ceremony at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, which was originally-slated for April 5. That show date was moved as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As previously announced, a new special ACM Presents: Our Country will fill the now-vacant spot, for a night “filled with entertainment, hope and reflection,” reads a statement, “bringing the healing power of music to Americans at a time when they need it most.”

On March 11, the ACM Awards, which is produced by dick clark productions, stated that it was “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 same day, they announced its first round of performers, including first-time host Urban, Miranda Lambert, Lindsay Ell and Ashley McBryde.

Later that week, the Academy of Country Music announced its flagship show would move to September.

Further details on the 2020 ceremony, including the venue and performers, will be announced in due course.

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