Lady A Drop Out Of 2020 CMA Awards At Last Minute After COVID-19 Exposure


Shortly before the 2020 CMA Awards were set to air on Wednesday (November 11), Lady A announced they would no longer be making an appearance. Unfortunately, the trio were exposed to COVID-19 ahead of the country music awards show.

Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott released a statement about their decision on Twitter. They revealed one of their immediate family members tested positive for COVID-19 this week. All three members of Lady A are married with children, though they didn't reveal which family member contracted the virus.

"So far, the three of us continue to test negative, and out of caution and love for everyone involved with the CMAs, we’ve decided to stay home from the awards tonight," the statement reads. "We’ll be cheering on our friends at home like the rest of y’all!"

Lady A was set to perform with Darius Rucker at the CMAs this year. Not only was the group set to perform with Rucker, Scott was also set to perform with Thomas Rhett. Additionally, Kelley planned to step in last minute to cover for Lee Brice in a scheduled performance with Carly Pearce. Brice recently tested positive for COVID-19. Luckily for viewers, though, Kelley's performance with Pearce was pre-taped so that will air as intended. It's unclear how the awards show will handle the other performances.

The 2020 CMA Awards are airing live, with the music artists and their guest in attendance, at Nashville's Music City Center. Everybody in attendance underwent "rigorous" COVID-19 testing before attending the show.

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