For the first time in history, the ACM Awards will take place virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Academy of Country Music shared in an Instagram post on Monday that the 55th annual ceremony will be "the first-ever totally virtual" show when it airs next month. It'll broadcast from three iconic locations in Nashville: the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium and famed singer-songwriter venue Bluebird Cafe.
In response to a fan's inquiry as to whether an audience will be present, the Academy responded by saying that in compliance with CDC guidelines, there will not be a live audience at this year's show.
"Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, and for the safety of our artists and crew, the 55th ACM Awards in Nashville will not have a live audience," the ACM writes, but added that it's "cooking up the most entertaining show yet."
Typically held in Las Vegas in April, the 2020 ceremony was postponed from April 5 to September in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The post also revealed that the theme of this year's show is "A Night of Heart and Hits."
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