Monday, November 9, 2020
– Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Lee Brice have tested positive for COVID-19. Both Florida Georgia Line and Brice will not perform at the CMA Awards on Wednesday as a result.
"Some of y'all guessed it," Hubbard wrote on Instagram. "Got the Rona. Asymptomatic. Quarantining on bus. Miss my family. Writing songs. Thankful." The bus is outside his home.
Brice said Sunday that he had COVID-19. Associated Press said that Brice was "in good spirits and not experiencing any symptoms."
This year's CMA Awards are set to welcome artists "safely...all in one room," according to an earlier release from the Country Music Association, though without an in-house audience.
Brice was slated to perform his chart-topping duet with Carly Pearce, "I Hope You're Happy Now," on the CMA Awards show. Lady A's Charles Kelley will be substitute.
The CMA said, "Unfortunately Lee Brice and Tyler Hubbard both tested positive for COVID-19 and are unable to join us for the CMA Awards on Wednesday night. Although this is incredibly disappointing, not only for the show but also for CMA personally as we care deeply for these artists and only want the best for them and their families, it does reassure us that our protocols are working. Our process enabled us to manage each situation immediately and before either artist ever entered our set. Most importantly, it prevented anyone else from being exposed."
"We have been extremely diligent with our testing process in advance of anyone entering our footprint. Every single person has been tested, and many will be tested repeatedly throughout the week. This is in addition to wearing PPE and, of course, practicing social and physical distancing.
"We have an incredible show planned and look forward to bringing the country music community together. However, our number one priority has been and will continue to be the safety of our artists, our crew and our staff. That will never be compromised."