Lady A, formerly known as Lady Antebellum, is pulling out of their planned CMA Awards performance. The trio announced the decision only minutes before the show started.
The band took to social media on Wednesday evening to share the news. “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!”
The group continued by explaining that one of their close family members came down with the coronavirus. “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,” the statement continued.
In conclusion, the band writes: “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.”
Lady A Singer Charles Kelley Steps in for Lee Brice
Earlier this week, the news dropped that Charles Kelley, one-third of Lady A, agreed to fill in for fellow country star Lee Brice for a pre-taped portion of the show. Kelley stepped in to perform a duet with Carly Pearce on her hit single “I Hope You’re Happy Now.”
Brice opted to sit out of the awards show after testing positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, Taste of Country reports.
At this year’s CMA Awards, Lady A planned to perform “Beers and Sunshine” with host Darius Rucker. Furthermore, the band received a nomination for Vocal Group of the Year.
While Lady A felt forced to pull out of the show, other stars like Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Stapleton agreed to step in last minute. Learn more here.