Lady A, the country music band formerly known as Lady Antebellum, dropped out of the 2020 CMA Awards just one hour before the show was set to begin.
The group was scheduled to perform the song “Beers and Sunshine” with Darius Rucker during the event and they’re also nominated for Vocal Group of the Year. Group member Hillary Scott was going to perform alongside Thomas Rhett and others.
“Taking a look back at last year’s CMA Awards and all the fun that we have every year getting to hang out with our country music family! Sadly, one of our immediate family members has just tested positive for COVID-19 this week. So far, the three of us continue to test negative, and out of caution and love for everyone involved with the CMAs, we’ve decided to stay home from the awards tonight,” the group said on Twitter.
They added, “We’re bummed that we won’t be able to perform with Darius Rucker and Thomas Rhett, but luckily Charles already taped his performance with Carly Pearce so you will still be seeing him take the stage! We’ll be cheering on our friends at home like the rest of y’all! Stay safe out there.”