Carly Pearce and Lady A’s Charles Kelley delivered a captivating performance of “I Hope You’re Happy Now” on Wednesday (Nov. 11) at the 54th annual CMA Awards.
Kelley stepped in for Lee Brice to perform the No. 1 song with Pearce after Brice tested positive for COVID-19 just days before their much-anticipated awards show performance. While Brice is said to be asymptomatic and in good spirits, he is self-quarantining at home until cleared by a doctor to protect those around him.
Pearce’s vocals blended perfectly with Kelley’s during their performance, sounding flawless.
“I Hope You’re Happy Now” was co-written by Pearce alongside Luke Combs, Randy Montana and Jonathan Singleton. The song appears on Pearce’s Self-Titled sophomore album.
Additionally, The chart-topping duet is nominated for Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year. Pearce and her aforementioned co-writers are also nominated in the Song of the Year category for the tune. The “Next Girl” singer is also nominated for also nominated for New Artist of the Year.
The 54th Annual CMA Awards also featured performances from Chris Stapleton, Rascal Flatts, Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Luke Combs, Eric Church, Jon Pardi, Keith Urban, Jimmie Allen, Ingrid Andress, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Old Dominion and Kelsea Ballerini.
Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations by Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, Reba McEntire featuring Darius Rucker, Gabby Barrett and Charlie Puth, Thomas Rhett together with McEntire, Chris Tomlin and Hillary Scott, as well as Darius Rucker featuring Lady A. The show opener featured an all-star performance from Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Jenee Fleenor and Ashley McBryde paying tribute to the late Charlie Daniels.
Hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, “Country Music’s Biggest Night” aired on Wednesday, November 11 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET) on ABC.