Lee Brice To Miss CMA Awards After Testing Positive For COVID-19

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Lee Brice was just one of the many country stars scheduled to perform at Wednesday night’s (November 11) CMA Awards. But, after testing positive for COVID-19, he was forced to back out.

Brice was set to perform “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” his platinum-certified collaboration with Carly Pearce. Brice was tested prior to arriving at the Music City Center for rehearsals and was found to be positive, despite not having any symptoms, according to his representative.

Pearce and Brice are nominated in two categories for their duet “I Hope You’re Happy Now”: Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year.

The “I Don’t Dance” singer will be isolating at home until he’s cleared by a doctor, his representative shared in a statement given to the Associated Press.

“Lee would like to thank the CMAs and all of his incredible fans for his nominations and is wishing his fellow nominees an incredible evening celebrating the best of country music,” the statement said.

Just a few days ago, Carly Pearce shared her excitement about the upcoming performance with a social media post that read, “I truly have no words for this one. I have dreamt of singing one of my songs on the @cma awards since I was a little girl, and it’s finally happening. Watch Country Music’s Biggest Night LIVE next Wednesday on ABC as I perform “I Hope You’re Happy Now” with @leebrice ! (And probably low key cry into my microphone)”

The Country Music Association hasn’t announced how Brice’s absence will affect the show’s schedule, and Brice and Pearce have yet to address the issue on social media.

We wish Lee Brice a full and speedy recovery.

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