Lee Brice Drops Out of CMA Awards After Positive COVID-19 Test

Such disappointing news!

Written by Chris Parton
Lee Brice Drops Out of CMA Awards After Positive COVID-19 Test
Lee Brice; Photo Credit: Ryan Smith

Country singer Lee Brice has dropped out of the annual CMA Awards ceremony after testing positive for COVID-19.

The hit maker had been slated to perform his recent Number One duet with Carly Pearce, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” but pre-show testing revealed Brice had contracted the novel coronavirus. He will now isolate at home until cleared by a doctor, and according to a representative who spoke to the Associated Press on Sunday, is “in good spirits and not experiencing any symptoms.”

Brice tested positive before taking part in any rehearsals or arriving onsite at the 54th Annual CMA Awards — which are set to take place Wednesday (November 11) in Nashville — so there’s no risk of other artists being exposed. This year’s show will not feature a live audience but does plan to bring country stars together at the city’s Bridgestone Arena, although they will maintain physical distance and follow safety protocols.

On top of missing the chance to perform for a massive, nationwide audience, Lee Brice will also not be able to celebrate a pair of CMA Awards nominations. He and Pearce are both up for Music Video of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “I Hope You’re Happy Now.”

“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,” Brice’s representative said.

The 54th Annual CMA Awards will air live November 11 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET, co-hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker.