You probably didn’t notice, but Carly Pearce performed at Wednesday night’s (Nov. 11) 2020 CMA Awards after a bad fall that caused serious injury to her mouth. Pearce took the stage for a pre-taped duet with Lady A’s Charles Kelley for her Country Airplay No. 1 hit “I Hope You’re Happy Now” after Lee Brice had to drop out due to a positive COVID-19 test.
What nobody knew until after the ceremony, though, was that she did her thing after suffering a serious fall two weeks before the show that knocked out her front teeth. Pearce spoke to E! News about the Halloween incident that left her bright smile practically empty.
“I fell and knocked my two front teeth out,” she said. “I had a bunch of stitches in my mouth, looked completely different than what I looked like right now, and it was kind of scary because I knew I was going into the biggest week of my life.”
The singer said was super stressed about the awards show performance because she felt awful after the fall. “It looked really bad. It was scary. I was just really fortunate to get doctors that helped and knew the pressure I was under,” she said. “But with every day, I was like, ‘Please Lord, let my face heal so I can do this’ because this is such a huge moment.”
It ended up OK, though, as the performance was a smash and she also snagged musical event of the year for her Lee-featuring “I Hope You’re Happy Now” single.