Lady A Forced To Pull Out Of CMA Awards at the Last Minute

Lady A will no longer appear at The 54th Annual CMA Awards tonight. The trio made the announcement just one…


Lauren Jo Black

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November 11, 2020


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Lady A; Photo by Dove Shore

Lady A will no longer appear at The 54th Annual CMA Awards tonight.

The trio made the announcement just one hour before “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” revealing that one of their immediate family members has tested positive for COVID-19. So far, the three of them have tested negative, however, out of caution, they have decided to stay at home.

Lady A, who is currently nominated for CMA Vocal Group of the Year, was slated to perform alongside CMA co-host Darius Rucker. The longtime friends were scheduled to perform Rucker’s latest single, “Beers & Sunshine,” however it appears that Rucker will proceed with a solo performance.

Additionally. Lady A’s Hillary Scott was also set to join Thomas Rhett, Reba McEntire and Chris Tomlin for the live debut of “Be A Light.”

Charles Kelley’s performance with Carly Pearce will go on as scheduled as it was previously taped.

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.