Little Big Town will be a bit smaller when they take the stage at the ACM Awards on Sunday (April 18). The country music group announced during an interview on Thursday (April 15) that Phillip Sweet has tested positive for COVID-19.
“Well, Philly’s not feeling good,” Jimi Westbrook explained about Sweet’s absence from the interview with Audacy.
Added Karen Fairchild: “We might as well break the news: He’s got the COVID.”
Westbrook noted that though Sweet isn’t feeling great, “He seems to be holding off the really bad stuff.”
The quartet is nominated for group of the year, and are set to perform at the 56th annual ceremony. Other performers include Miranda Lambert and Elle King, who are set to open the show with their new song “Drunk (and I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”; Dierks Bentley, who will take on U2’s 1984 hit “Pride” with The War and Treaty; Blake Shelton, who’ll be celebrating the 20th anniversary of his single “Austin”; and many others.
The show will be hosted by Mickey Guyton and Keith Urban, who are also performing. Various Nashville venues will be hosting the performances, including the Ryman Auditorium, The Bluebird Cafe, and the Grand Ole Opry House. The ceremony airs at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, and can be streamed live and on demand via Paramount+.
The ACM Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions, which is owned by MRC. MRC and Penske Media are co-parent companies of Billboard.
Listen to Little Big Town’s Audacy interview below: