Rascal Flatts Cancel 2020 CMA Awards Performance During Awards Show

by Jacklyn Krol

Rascal Flatts was set to give one of their final performances at the 2020 CMA Awards. Unfortunately, the trio had to cancel due to COVID-19.

The Announcement

During the 2020 CMA Awards, the band’s social media accounts revealed that they will not be performing due to a positive test with one of the band members.

“Hey Y’all, we wanted to let you guys know that we have received a positive COVID test within the band,” the statement read. “As much as we were looking forward to performing at the CMA Awards tonight, we will no longer be attending in the interest of everyone’s safety. We miss y’all and stay safe!”

See the announcement, below.

The Group is nominated for this year’s Vocal Group of the Year. They went up against Lady A, Little Big Town, Midland, and Old Dominion.

Farewell to Rascal Flatts

Vocalist Gary LeVox, bassist Jay DeMarcus and guitarist Joe Don Rooney announced that they will be quitting the band. After twenty years together, the trio announced its 2020 farewell tour.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the trio had to cancel their tour and did not reschedule it. “Yeah, we were angry about it,” LeVox told The Boot. “It’s been weird, it’s frustrating, and every state is different … all of it’s just crazy, you know?”

This summer, the group released their final record, their How They Remember You EP.

Other Positive COVID-19 Tests

Rascal Flatts weren’t the only artists to test positive and have to pull out from this year’s show. Lady A (formerly Lady Antebellum) canceled their performance just minutes before the telecast began. Fortunately, Charles Kelley pre-recorded his duet with Carly Pearce.

Originally, Pearce was going to perform her duet, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” alongside Lee Brice. Brice unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19.

Finally, Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line also tested positive and is quarantining in his tour bus in his driveway at home.