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CMA Awards 2020: What are the Show’s Plans for Social Distancing?

by Jacklyn Krol
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How will the 2020 CMA Awards take place amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? Numerous safety measures are in place to ensure that Country Music’s Biggest Night can still take place.

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Ironically the first CMA Awards “Banquet and Show” took place at Nashville’s Music City Center back in 1967. This year it is being held at the same convention center.

Earlier this year, CMA issued a letter to its members that there will be no fan attendance or large audience this year. According to the Tennesseean, artists and their one guest will sit eight feet apart and act as the audience.

According to producer Robert Deaton, about sixty percent of the show’s awards and performances will take place live. Some awards and performances have been pre-recorded. This is simply due to schedules and safety regulations. He explained that after somebody leaves the stage, it has to be cleaned, which takes roughly 15-20 minutes.

“It’s not going to be the huge spectacle of the CMA Awards at Bridgestone,” Deaton told the outlet. “But we could make something that’s unique and heartfelt, and that means something to the artist and the fans.”

“Robert is going to have to remind people when your friend wins, you can elbow them, but don’t throw yourself all around them,” CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said.  “It’s going to be a little different, but I actually am so excited about the fact that all of the awards are going to be live. And the people have that experience of being together, and celebrating the best of music, in a year that certainly wasn’t normal for any of us.”


In a press release, CMA revealed that everyone has and will have COVID-19 testing done. Sadly, two artists have tested positive for COVID-19 that were scheduled to perform.

Lee Brice had to cancel his performance of “I Hope You’re Happy Now” with Carly Pearce. He tested positive on November 9. Brice’s spokesperson said in a statement that he is at home and not experiencing any symptoms.

Additionally, Florida Georgia Line member Tyler Hubbard also tested positive. He is asymptomatic and quarantining on his tour bus in his driveway. The duo is seemingly still scheduled to perform.