The Country Music Awards will premiere on Wednesday, but a few performers may be missing. Two of the artists who are to perform have tested positive for the coronavirus and are currently in quarantine.
Tyler Hubbard of the Florida Georgia Line and “One of Them Girls” singer Lee Brice will not be able to perform due to the disease.
Hubbard was the last to announce his diagnosis in an Instagram posting on Monday. He made it clear that he is currently asymptomatic, but is completely quarantined in a tour bus in his own backyard. “Some of you have guessed,” he wrote. “Have the Rona. Asymptomatic. Quarantine on the bus. Miss my family. Write songs. Gratitude.”
Brice announced his diagnosis on Monday through a representative. His team told People Magazine that Brice would not be coming to perform his duet “I Hope You’re Happy Now” with Carly Pearce, who was nominated for Song of the Year.
The representative confirmed Brice’s statement that he was asymptomatic. “Lee would like to thank the CMAs and all his incredible fans for his nominations and wishes his fellow nominees an incredible evening celebrating the best of country music.
Since the CMAs take place more than a day before the actual event, there is still time to fill the performers’ seats. Brice’s place has already been taken by Charles Kelley of Lady A (formerly Lady Antebellum), who will perform alongside Pearce.
Who, if anyone, will take the place at the Florida-Georgia line is not yet known. It is also possible that the other half of the duo, Brian Kelley, will enter the stage alone.
The CMAs issued a statement sympathetic to the diagnosis of both men and also confirmed that safeguards were in place to prevent the spread of the disease. “Unfortunately, as you may have heard, Lee Brice and Tyler Hubbard both tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to attend the CMA ceremonies on Wednesday night,” said a statement from the Country Music Association.
“While this is incredibly disappointing, not only for the show, but also for the CMA personally, because we care so much about these artists and want only the best for them and their families, it reassures us that our protocols are working. Our procedure allowed us to handle any situation immediately and before any artist entered our set. Above all, it prevented anyone else from being exposed.
Neither Brice nor Hubbard had previously come forward at rehearsals, which means that their COVID tests could have preemptively stopped the spread within the CMA community.
The CMAs will air on Wednesday at 20:00 ET on ABC….