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Despite the threat of coronavirus, the 54th Country Music Association Awards 2020 went ahead tonight in Nashville, Tennessee and the stars are out in full swing. But one band won’t be taking to the stage, as Lady A had to pull out “an hour before” showtime due to one of the band’s family members testing positive for the virus.
Sadly, one of our immediate family members has just tested positive for Covid-19 this week
The three-piece country music band made up of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, were forced to forfeit their performance.
Releasing a statement, they confirmed no-one in the band has tested positive.
Announcing they would no longer appear, Lady A said: “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!
“Sadly, one of our immediate family members has just tested positive for Covid-19 this week.
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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! Sadly, one of our immediate family members has just tested positive for COVID-19 this week. 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. We’re bummed that we won’t be able to perform with Darius Rucker and Thomas Rhett, but luckily Charles already taped his performance with Carly Pearce so you will still be seeing him take the stage! We’ll be cheering on our friends at home like the rest of y’all! Stay safe out there ������������ ������: @katiekauss 2019 CMA Awards
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“So far, the three of us continue to test negative and out of an abundance of caution and love for everyone involved with the CMAs, we’ve decided to stay home from the awards tonight.”
The band said they were “bummed” they will not be able to perform, adding: “We’ll be cheering on our friends at home like the rest of y’all! Stay safe out there.”
Despite the rest of the band not making to the CMAs this year, Charles managed to make a last minute appearance.
Stepping in to perform I Hope You’re Happy Now with Carly Pearce, he took the place of yet another act who had to pull out due to coronavirus.
Singer Lee Brice was due to perform but contracted the relentless virus earlier this week.
One half of the duo Florida Georgia Line, Tyler Hubbard, also pulled out of the show following a positive test.
But for those who did make it to the show, brought the house down with their swanky outfits for a year where award ceremonies have pretty much gone out the window.
Several of the night’s attendees including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris graced the red carpet before taking their seats and fans couldn’t get enough of their attires.
Carrie stunned in a breathtaking silver sequin-covered gown that featured a high neck, flared sleeve and A-line slit.
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The 37-year-old matched with a patent black clutch and a pair of perspex heels.
Miranda, who currently holds the most nominations, also donned an eye-catching ensemble.
The fluorescent figure-hugging pink dress featured angular shoulder pads with ruched detail, which she paired with matching heels and clutch bag, as her blonde locks fell in loose waves.
Maren stole the show with her bounce-back attire, as she stuck a pose on the red carpet months after welcoming her son Hayes with husband and fellow country music star Ryan Hurd.
She put on a sultry display in a black satin two-piece, accompanied with a lingerie-inspired floor-length kimono.
She finished her look with a platform heels and gold statement earrings with a red lip.
This year’s CMA Awards hosts Reba McEntire and Hootie & the Blowfish’s Darius Rucker, who posed for photos together in matching black get-ups.
Reba donned a sequin-covered velvet suit jacket and a pair of black trousers while Darius kept it classic in a fitted black suit and tie.
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