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Lee Brice Describes His COVID-19 Symptoms That Kept Him Out of CMA Awards

by Chris Haney
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During a recent interview with People, country star Lee Brice talked about his COVID-19 symptoms, which forced him to cancel his 2020 CMA Awards performance.

The country singer said he felt fine as he received positive test results for COVID-19. Yet, he chose to quarantine in a barn on his property so he could steer clear of his family until the virus passed.

“I was like, ‘Well that sucks,'” explains Brice. “I thought, oh well, I’ll just go to the farm and quarantine in the barn. I’ve got my bed and my couch and my TV and my kitchen and a shower and I’m good. I didn’t feel anything.”

However, Brice’s health worsened significantly as the days passed. The musician said he mainly suffered from mild symptoms. During his time in the barn, he felt aches and pains that came on suddenly. But, the worst of his symptoms came from night sweats when he tried to sleep. The musician says he tossed and turned while struggling to sleep through the night. Additionally, as Brice recovered, he still experienced congestion, sinus pressure, and a raspy throat.

“I literally woke up wet,” Brice said in the interview. “I wasn’t shivering and I don’t think the fever got that high. But, I did wake up feeling like I sweat out a fever or something.”

Brice and Other Country Stars Miss Out on 2020 CMA Awards

On Sunday, Nov. 8, Brice found out he tested positive for the virus. With the 2020 CMA Awards airing just three days later on Wednesday, Nov. 11, he had to cancel his scheduled performance with singer Carly Pearce. Brice had to take a COVID-19 test as a precaution, which is part of the CMA’s protocols. Thus, his positive test kept him out of this year’s big awards show so he wouldn’t come in contact with the other performers and event staff.

Charles Kelley of the country band Lady A stepped up to fill in for Brice and sing “I Hope You’re Happy Now” with Pearce. But, Kelley also had to cancel his performance. One of the three members of Lady A came into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Furthermore, the fiddle player for Rascal Flatts, Jenee Fleenor, and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard were also forced to sit out this year’s CMA Awards. Each tested positive for COVID-19 in the days leading up to the awards show. Hubbard just recently came out of quarantine on Monday night after almost two weeks away from his family.

Brice’s newest studio album comes out later this week titled “Hey World,” which releases on Friday, Nov. 20.