Luke Bryan’s Presence at 2021 ACM Awards in Jeopardy After Testing Positive

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Luke Bryan won’t appear on the first live episode of American Idol, and now it’s unclear whether he’ll be part of this Sunday’s ACM Awards Show.

Bryan, the 44-year-old country music superstar, announced Monday that he tested positive for COVID-19. Paula Abdul, one of the show’s original judges, will replace him.

He posted the news about his COVID diagnosis on his Twitter account. He wrote: “I’m sad to say I won’t be a part of tonight’s first live American Idol show.  I tested positive for COVID but I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon.”

The CDC recommends that a person with a positive test for the coronavirus quarantine for 10 days. It’s unclear when Luke Bryan tested positive.

Luke Bryan Is Up For Two ACM Awards and Set to Perform

But aside from American Idol, Luke Bryan also is scheduled to perform at the Academy for Country Music Awards show. The awards show is set for this Sunday. CBS will broadcast the show. The program will go live from three well-known Nashville venues – the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe. Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton are set to co-host the ceremonies. COVID delayed last year’s awards show. It was postponed from April to September.

Luke Bryan is up for the coveted Entertainer of the Year award. So are Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Eric Church and Luke Combs.

Bryan’s Born Here, Live Here, Die Here also is up for album of the year. He’ll be vying against Kane Brown, Ashley McBryde, Brothers Osborne and Chris Stapleton.

At last count, 29 country stars are scheduled to perform Sunday. Some of the singers who were a go for the show included Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Kenny Chesney, Jack Ingram, Alan Jackson, and Luke Combs.

Luke Bryan just released a new deluxe version of his album Born Here, Live Here, Die Here. The album initially was released in August 2020. It spawned four top singles. They were Knockin’ Boots, What She Wants Tonight, Down to One and One Margarita.

But Bryan added six songs to the deluxe version. We’re not sure what song Luke Bryan will perform at the ACM show, if he’s allowed to be on stage. In an interview earlier this year, Bryan predicted that his new song Waves would be a summer-time hit. Other new songs are Country Does and Drink a Little Whiskey Down.

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