Jenee Fleenor Unable To Perform at CMA Awards After Testing Positive For COVID-19

Reigning CMA Musician of the Year and current Musician of the Year nominee Jenee Fleenor has tested positive for COVID-19…


Lauren Jo Black

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November 11, 2020


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Reigning CMA Musician of the Year and current Musician of the Year nominee Jenee Fleenor has tested positive for COVID-19 and is unable to perform during tonight’s CMA Awards.

The famed fiddle player shared the news on social media less than 30 minutes before The 54th Annual CMA Awards revealing that she was “bummed” but “feeling just fine.”

“I’m absolutely honored the CMAs asked me perform on the Charlie Daniels tribute and I was so looking forward to putting on some sparkly clothes (thank you Double D Ranchwear!) and sawin’ my heart out for Mr. Daniels,” she wrote. “I reckon it’s just another bump in the road of 2020 and as the saying goes, ‘the show must go on.’ I hope you tune in – the CMAs have been working tirelessly to put on an amazing show!! Love y’all so much & heck I might go put on my sparkly clothes anyway!”

Fleenor isn’t the first artist that has pulled out of the show due to COVID-19. Lee Brice, Florida Georgia Line and Lady A were also forced to cancel their appearances due to either contacting the virus or coming in close contact with a confirmed case.

The 54th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, will take place live from Nashville’s Music City Center Wednesday, Nov. 11 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.