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Country singers to perform from home for ACM special

FILE - In this April 7, 2019, file photo, Keith Urban poses in the press room with the award for entertainer of the year at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. The Academy of Country Music had to postpone its upcoming awards show, to be hosted by Urban, because of the spreading coronavirus, but CBS will air a new television special featuring country stars performing from their homes. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this April 7, 2019, file photo, Keith Urban poses in the press room with the award for entertainer of the year at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. The Academy of Country Music had to postpone its upcoming awards show, to be hosted by Urban, because of the spreading coronavirus, but CBS will air a new television special featuring country stars performing from their homes. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) (Invision)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Academy of Country Music had to postpone their upcoming awards show because of the spreading coronavirus, but CBS will air a new television special featuring country stars performing from their homes.

The academy announced Thursday that in place of their postponed awards show on April 5, “ACM Presents: Our Country” will feature conversations and at-home acoustic performances from country artists.

Many A-list touring artists who have had to cancel or postpone tours have participated in online concerts as the world continues to practice social distancing to slow the spread of the virus.

Performers have not yet been announced for the 8 p.m. Eastern special, which will also feature clips from previous ACM awards shows. The ACM Awards, which was scheduled to be held live in Las Vegas, was postponed to September at a date and venue to be announced.

For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover.

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