Among concerts, events canceled due to coronavirus, country music awards show postponed

New York City's historic theaters have canceled shows.


The 55th Academy of the Country Music Awards show will be postponed due to the coronavirus.

It was slated for April in Las Vegas. Instead, it will air in September with a date and venue to be determined.


"This decision involved many partners, stakeholders and the industry who we have been in constant conversations with over the past several days as the situation has developed," Damon Whiteside, CEO of the academy, said in a statement.

The news comes as a wide-ranging array of music concerts and entertainment events have been canceled or postponed. A recent addition to that list has included Elton John, who postponed part of his tour. Live Nation Entertainment and AEG Presents, the world's largest live-entertainment companies, suspended all current tours through March, including those of Billie Eilish, the Strokes and Post Malone.

"Saturday Night Live" has also reportedly halted production.

Broadway shuts down

New York City's historic theaters have canceled shows.

Broadway will stop shows beginning Thursday evening, Playbill and the New York Post reported.

“We’ve already been talking to the Broadway theatres and they’re aware that we’re going to be doing this,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Veteran honor flights postponed

Veteran honor flights have become the latest series of events to be postponed due to the coronavirus, Stars and Stripes Honor Flight posted to Facebook.

The organization sends U.S. veterans from World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War, as well as terminally ill veterans from any conflict, on all-expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C., to see memorials.

"The health and safety of our veterans has always been the primary concern of everyone at Stars and Stripes Honor Flight," Stars and Stripes Honor Flight posted.

Scheduled flights in March and April have been postponed throughout the country. They're also considering postponing trips in May, depending on how things develop, according to the post.

Concerts postponed

The Zac Brown Band announced it was postponing the spring 2020 leg of its “The Owl Tour” because of concerns about the coronavirus.

“This was an extremely difficult decision,” the band said on social media. “But the well-being of our fans is always our top priority. Rescheduled dates for all spring shows will be announced soon.

“We ask that our fans retain their tickets as they will be honored on the new dates.”

The band's announcement adds it to the growing list of entertainers canceling or postponing performances due to the spreading virus, joining artists BTS, Green Day, Mariah Carey and others.

"We have unfortunately made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming shows in Asia due to the health + travel concerns with coronavirus," Green Day tweeted. "We know it sucks, as we were looking forward to seeing you all, but hold on to your tickets we'll be announcing the new dates very soon."

The band had plans to perform in Bangkok, Manila, Seoul and Osaka, along with other cities, in March.

Green Day's website indicated the tour would resume in May with a show in Moscow.

Carey said she was postponing a Hawaii show from March to November, saying "evolving international travel restrictions force us to consider everyone's safety and well being."

BTS, meanwhile, in the midst of promoting its new album "Map of the Soul: 7," had to adjust press tour plans and steered fans away from showing up to their appearances in the usual droves.

The band canceled four concerts in Seoul that had been scheduled for April, saying it was "impossible at this time to predict the scale of the outbreak" and citing the "increasing uncertainty about the cross-border movement of concert staff and equipment."

"While we hope that the situation will improve, we must take into consideration the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of guests as well as our artists and the dire impact a last-minute cancellation may have on guests from overseas, production companies and staff," read a statement from the group's management company, Big Hit Entertainment, posted on the band's official Facebook page.

Big Hit Entertainment had expected more than 200,000 people to attend the shows.

BTS said that ticket purchasers will receive a full refund.

The band later postponed its North American tour, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

Up in the air

UK rapper Stormzy, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a number of K-Pop acts — like GOT7 — have also canceled dates. The Korea Times Music Festival, set to take place at The Hollywood Bowl in April, has been postponed due to travel restrictions, organizers said.

Cancellations to this point have largely focused on concerts taking place in Asia, but with confirmed coronavirus cases now in every continent except Antarctica, more live entertainment events will likely be impacted.

Alanis Morissette is scheduled to take her "Jagged Little Pill" 25th anniversary tour to Japan and the Philippines in early April.

Singer Tori Kelly also has tour stops in the Philippines, South Korea and Japan scheduled in April.

Halsey has dates in South Korea and Japan scheduled for May, and Lauryn Hill has a date at Tokyo Garden Theater set for May.

Representatives for those artists did not return CNN's email requests for comment. Live Nation, which still has all those dates listed on its website, also did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The outbreak has reached the "highest level" of risk for the world, the World Health Organization announced.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.