Lee Brice Unable To Perform at CMA Awards After Testing Positive For COVID-19

Lee Brice; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images
Lee Brice; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images
Lee Brice; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Lee Brice has tested positive for COVID-19 and is unable to perform at Wednesday’s CMA Awards.

The Associated Press confirmed the news with a representative for Brice, who told the publication that the singer is “in good spirits and not experiencing any symptoms.”

Brice was tested ahead of The 54th Annual CMA Awards, where he was scheduled to perform “I Hope You’re Happy Now” alongside Carly Pearce. Their chart-topping duet is also nominated for Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year. Pearce and her co-writers, Luke Combs, Randy Montana and Jonathan Singleton, are also nominated in the Song of the Year category for the tune.

Brice will reportedly self-isolate at home until cleared by a doctor.

A CMA spokesperson told the AP that Brice was tested before arriving on-site for rehearsals.

There is no word on whether or not Pearce’s performance will proceed without Brice, however, we have reached out to her team for an update.

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.