Making lemonade out of lemons. Kelsea Ballerini will have the 2022 CMT Music Awards from home in the wake of testing positive for COVID-19.
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“Two or three days prior, I tried positive for COVID and the CMT Awards are this evening. Thus, sadly, I can’t be there in person any longer,” the “A big part of My Hometown” vocalist, 28, declared in a video shared through Instagram on Monday, April 11. “I’m crushed. I’m destroyed.”
Regardless of not having the option to remain on the stage close by cohost Anthony Mackie, nonetheless, Ballerini uncovered that she will in any case be a piece of the function: “The staggering CMT family and my group have carried piece of the set to my home, to my little air pocket, and set it up to where I can in any case have and perform.”
While the “Miss Me More” entertainer recognized that the circumstance was nowhere near great, she guaranteed that everybody in question was “putting forth a valiant effort” to make the night unique. “However, i’ll in any case see you this evening on the honors, and we should make some lemonade out of a few extremely unpleasant lemons,” she finished up her video, prior to kidding in the remarks: “On the off chance that you believe I’m not involving my carport as a runway for all my lewks, you’d be off-base.”
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A few of Ballerini’s kindred performers left messages of help on the post, including Maren Morris, who encouraged her to “Feel much improved and kill securely this evening.” Mackenzie Porter recognized that the “Dibs” vocalist “should be so mooched” to not go to the show face to face, while Carly Pearce shared her conviction that Ballerini was “still going to kill it!!!” The authority CMT Awards Instagram account likewise composed that the host was “all the while going to ROCK it and we can hardly stand by.”
Kane Brown — who recently facilitated the show in 2020 and 2021 close by the “The Other Girl” vocalist — will likewise join Mackie, 43, face to face at the service.
“[I got the call] two days ago. I was in Pennsylvania, and I surged back [to Nashville] and practiced yesterday,” Brown, 28, uncovered during a meeting close by Ballerini on CBS Mornings on Monday. “I’m invigorated. It’s extremely fascinating the way that we have it set up … I’m simply so eager to [host] once more. I was really sort of freeloaded when I figured out that you just get to do it two years straight. In this way, I’m happy I get to return.”
Ballerini is the subsequent nation star to move away from the CMT Awards right after contracting COVID. On March 23, Luke Combs — who is named for Video of the Year and Male Video of the Year — had to drop his presentation in the wake of testing positive for the infection. The “Eternity After All” vocalist, 32, was planned to join Brown for a pre-taped exhibition the next day yet was supplanted by Old Dominion.
“Sadly, Luke Combs will not accompany us tomorrow,” a representative for the entertainment ceremony told Country Now in an explanation at that point. “He is isolated with COVID. He’s mooched to miss seeing everybody!”
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The 2022 CMT Music Awards will air on CBS Monday, April 11, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.