Luke Bryan Pulls Out of ACM Awards Performance After Positive Test

by Keeli Parkey

The 2021 ACM Awards will be held on Sunday (April 18). However, they will move forward without Luke Bryan, one of the brightest young stars in country music today.

So, what is keeping Bryan from the awards? According to, the “American Idol” judge and “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” singer has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

His absence from the April 18 ceremony became clear when a press release about the event’s performers did not include Luke Bryan. Also, a representative of the popular singer verified the news to the website.

Bryan was scheduled to perform during the annual country music celebration. He is also nominated for two ACM Awards. One is for Album of the Year. The other is for Entertainer of the Year.

The news of Luke Bryan’s COVID-19 diagnosis became public on Monday (April 12). This caused him to miss a live taping of the popular “American Idol” singing competition that same day. Paula Adbul filled in for Bryan during his absence.

The following day, his fellow “American Idol” judges shared updates about Bryan and his continuing interest in the goings-on of the show.

The 2021 ACM Awards will take place in Nashville. Country music fans can watch the show on CBS or stream it on Paramount+. The ceremony will begin at 8 p.m.

The ceremony will be filmed at three locations around Nashville. These include the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe.