This year’s nominations were announced in June. Even then, there was a note of uncertainty about whether the show at the Ryman would actually happen.
The 19th annual Americana Honors & Awards are the latest awards show to fall victim to COVID-19. The Americana Music Association, which sponsors the event, announced on Friday (Sept. 11) that this year’s show, planned for Sept. 16 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, has been canceled.
In a letter in which his disappointment was palpable, Jed Hilly, executive director of the Americana Music Association, wrote: “Despite all our hope, logistical wrangling and passion, we have concluded that it would not be safe to conduct the Americana Honors & Awards at the wonderful and historic Ryman Auditorium next Wednesday, September 16.
“We've carefully evaluated safety measures both with an audience and without. It is our conclusion that if just one person walked out of the Ryman with COVID-19, we would not be able to forgive ourselves. We are making new plans to celebrate the nominees and to proclaim the winners later this fall, and we hope to have details on that shortly.”