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2020 Country Music Awards

Covid-19 did not get in the way of the 2020 Country Music Awards. The awards were held in Nashville on September 16 outdoors, packed with amazing artists and upcoming performers. 

Originally scheduled in April, the show was pushed back to September 16th, 2020. Due to coronavirus, the Awards show was held outdoors to prevent the spread of Covid-19. As for the people who couldn’t make it to the show or simply did not want to go, they could have watched it from home on ABC.  For the first time in CMA history, the awards were broadcasted from three different iconic Nashville venu

es: Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium, and The Bluebird Ca

fe. Some of the performers were Jon Pardi, Riley Green, Luke Combs, Tim Mcgraw, Eric Church, FGL and Morgan Wallen. In addition, Taylor Swift performed at this year’s CMA for the first time since 2013.

The Country Music Association stated, “CMA is first and foremost committed to the health and safety of our fans, artists and community. As of today, CMA fest

 will proceed as scheduled September 16th in Nashville, Tennessee. We are taking appropriate steps to ensure festival grounds will be safe and comfortable for all attendees, including enhanced station protocols and hygiene standards.“ 

“A live audience will not be invited to the show this year; only essential personnel will be allowed” stated Sarah Trahern, CMA CEO. According to Ms. Tarhern, guests were not able to attend the CMA show unfortunately. In regards to the guests, anyone who purchased tickets to the show was either refunded or will be attending the 2021 show for free.

The Country Music Festival Association informed guests, “After careful deliberation and following the latest guidance from national, state and local authorities, we are sad to announce that CMA fest will not take place in 2020. As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of Covid-19, we cannot in good conscience risk the health and wellbeing of our fans, artists, staff and country music community.” All guests who purchased tickets to the festival have the option of a refund or tickets to the 2021 festival.

Although the CMAs did not have guests at the show for support, the turnout was outstanding and that’s all that matters. The Country Music community is lucky that they were still able to put on a show, unlike other events that have been cancelled.