Rascal Flatts Were Set To Perform At 2020 CMA Awards, Here’s Why They Didn’t

Rascal Flatts; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images
Rascal Flatts; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images
Rascal Flatts; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Rascal Flatts were slated to perform their smash hit “Bless The Broken Road” on Wednesday (Nov. 11) night’s 54th Annual CMA Awards, live from Nashville’s Music City Center, however they were noticeably missing from the broadcast.

Hey Y’all, we wanted to let you guys know that we have received a positive COVID test within the band,” the Vocal Group Of The Year nominees shared. “As much as we were looking forward to performing at the CMA Awards tonight, we will no longer be attending in the interest of everyone’s safety. We miss y’all and stay safe!

Flatts’ isn’t the first artist that had to pull out of the show due to COVID-19. Jenee Fleenor, 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 featured performances from Chris Stapleton, Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Luke Combs, Darius Rucker, 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, Carly Pearce with Charles Kelley as well as Thomas Rhett together with McEntire and Chris Tomlin. The show opener featured an all-star performance from Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne 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.