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Lady A & Rascal Flatts Pull Out of CMA Awards Due to COVID-19 Exposure

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Lady A and Rascal Flatts both pulled out of the 2020 CMA Awards the night of on Wednesday nigh (Nov. 11) due to exposure to COVID-19.

Lady A took to Twitter just hours before the show to announce that they would not be attending this year's ceremony after a family member tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Rascal Flatts, meanwhile, had a member within the group test positive, they announced on their socials after the show had already started.

The trio was scheduled to perform alongside Darius Rucker and Thomas Rhett, and is nominated for vocal group of the year. "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," the group wrote in a note alongside a photo from the 2019 CMAs. "Sadly, one of our immediate family members has just tested positive for COVID-19 this week."

"So far, the three of 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 statement continues, before adding that member Charles Kelley pre-taped his performance with Carly Pearce, in which he filled in for Lee Brice after he, too, tested positive for COVID-19.

"We'll be cheering on our friends at home like the rest of y'all! Stay safe out there," the note concludes.

For Rascal Flatts, there was an undisclosed positive test within the band. "Hey Y’all, we wanted to let you guys know that we have received a positive COVID test within the band," they wrote. "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!"

The news comes two days after Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard revealed his coronavirus diagnosis and CMA performance cancellation. "Asymptomatic. Quarantining on bus. Miss my family. Writing songs. Thankful," he wrote earlier this week. See the post here.

The CMA issued a statement, noting that its policy of testing artists before they come to rehearsals is working.

"As you may have heard, unfortunately Lee Brice and Tyler Hubbard both tested positive for COVID-19 and are unable to join us for the CMA Awards on Wednesday night," reads the statement. "Although this is incredibly disappointing, not only for the show but also for CMA personally as we care deeply for these artists and only want the best for them and their families, it does reassure us that our protocols are working.  Our process enabled us to manage each situation immediately and before either artist ever entered our set.  Most importantly, it prevented anyone else from being exposed.  We have been extremely diligent with our testing process in advance of anyone entering our footprint.  Every single person has been tested, and many will be tested repeatedly throughout the week.  This is in addition to wearing PPE and of course practicing social and physical distancing.  We have an incredible show planned and look forward to bringing the Country Music community together. However, our number one priority has been and will continue to be the safety of our artists, our crew and our staff.  That will never be compromised."

The 2020 CMA Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire and Rucker, will air on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

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