You may have been wondering why Lady A didn’t perform on the CMA Awards last night as planned. Well, just before showtime the band announced they had to pull out after one of their family members tested positive for COVID-19.
“Taking a look back at last year’s CMA Awards and all the fun that we have every year getting to hang out with our country music family!,” they shared on social media. “Sadly, one of our immediate family members has just tested positive for COVID-19 this week." They add, "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,” notig they were “bummed” about not being able to perform.
Lady A’s Charles Kelley did get to perform with Carly Pearce though, since their performance of “I Hope You’re Happy Now” had already taped in advance. Charles was filling in for Lee Brice, who also had to pull out after testing positive for the virus.
And Lady A weren't the only last minute cancelations. Rascal Flatts also pulled out of the show after there was a positive COVID test in the band. "Y’all, we wanted to let you guys know that we have received a positive COVID test within the band," they shared. "As much as we were looking forward to performing at the CMA Awards tonight, we will no longer be attending in the interest of everyone’s safety. Some of our favorite moments have happened on the CMA Awards stage, and we cannot wait to return!"
Also...fiddler Jenee Fleenor, who was supposed to perform during the Charlie Daniels tribute, pulled outafter testing positive. She was replaced in the Daniels medley by Dierks Bentley’s fiddle player.