Country Music Singer Lee Brice Drops Out of CMA Awards After Testing Positive for Coronavirus

Lee Brice, who was scheduled to perform at the 2020 CMA Awards, has tested positive for coronavirus. He reportedly received his results before arriving for any award show-related rehearsals.

By Elyse Dupre Nov 09, 2020 1:24 PMTags
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Lee Brice won't be performing at the 2020 CMA Awards after all. 

According to the Associated Press (via Variety), the 41-year-old singer tested positive for coronavirus. Variety reported that a representative for the artist told the AP on Sunday, Nov. 8 that Brice is "in good spirits and not experiencing any symptoms."

In addition, Variety noted that a CMA spokesperson told the AP Brice was tested and received his results before arriving for any award show-related rehearsals or activities, which are taking place in Nashville. Per Variety, Brice's representative also told the AP the "Hard to Love" star will be isolating at home until he's received clearance from his doctor.

"Lee would like to thank the CMAs and all of his incredible fans for his nominations and is wishing his fellow nominees an incredible evening celebrating the best of country music," his rep told the AP, per Variety.

Brice was scheduled to take the stage along with Carly Pearce. Both singers are nominated in the Music Video of the Year and Musical Event of the Year categories for their hit "I Hope You're Happy Now," which peaked at no. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart back in June. Lady A's Charles Kelley will now join Pearce for a performance of the song.

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Even though Brice won't be performing, there are still several big names on the star-studded lineup.

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Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Ingrid Andress, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Dan + ShayJustin Bieber, Jenee Fleenor, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Keith Urban and Morgan Wallen are also scheduled to perform.

Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker will host the event.

The 54th Annual CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville's Music City Center Wednesday, Nov. 11 starting at 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC.