Tyler Hubbard has tested positive for coronavirus, so Florida Georgia Line will not be performing at tomorrow night’s CMAs. As far as we know, Brian Kelley is okay. Tyler posted the news yesterday on Instagram saying that he “got the Rona,” is asymptomatic, and is quarantining on his tour bus. His wife Hayley wrote on her Instagram stories that the family has been on lockdown since last week when Tyler got his first positive COVID test, and that he infected two other people. She also wrote, that the family is “all still negative” and she added, “we have a newborn that I can’t see for 14 days and two very active toddlers.”
After many guesses it turns out Lady A’s Charles Kelley will take Lee Brice’s place and sing with Carly Pearce on their song “I Hope You’re Happy Now.”
Chris Stapleton has been added to the performance line up for the show tomorrow night and will perform his current single “Starting Over.”
So what can we expect from the show tomorrow night? Every single person is being tested “before entering the footprint” of the place. Everyone is required to wear the appropriate protective gear, and everyone “must practice social and physical distancing.”
There won’t be any fans, but there will be an audience of artists and industry people. They’ll be seated banquet-style with tables on the floor of the awards show area that are spaced eight feet apart. Only one artist and their guest will occupy each table.
There are always multiple stages at awards shows so that stays the same, but “deep cleaning protocols” will happen in between performances. That takes time, so around 40% of the 20 performances are being pre-recorded.
Also, one stage will be dedicated solely to awards presentations and everyone is being asked to “elbow” the winners instead of throwing their arms around them.
There won’t be a traditional red carpet either… although you WILL see photos of artists and their guests arriving, just like you did before the ACMs in September.