CMT Awards host Kelsea Ballerini tested positive for COVID-19 and does not participate personally

‘I’m Broken’: CMT Awards host Kelsea Ballerini reveals she’s tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be attending in person

  • The 28-year-old singer shared an update on Instagram hours prior to the live show, where there are plans for her to still be a co-host from home
  • “A few days ago I tested positive for COVID and the CMT Awards are tonight, so unfortunately I can not be there personally anymore,” she said
  • Kelsea said she was ‘devastated’ by her diagnosis but had ‘good news’ as she ‘already felt better’ despite having contracted the disease
  • Kane Brown joins Marvel Cinematic Universe actor Anthony Mackie on stage tonight to host live television from Nashville, Tenn. at 20 EST at CBS

Kelsea Ballerini tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to host Monday night’s CMT Awards in person.

The 28-year-old singer shared an update with her fans on Instagram hours prior to the live show, where she revealed the positive diagnosis, but with plans to still host from home.

“Okay friends, I have some bad news and I have some good news,” Ballerini said in a video. ‘The bad news is that a few days ago I tested positive for COVID and the CMT Awards are tonight, so unfortunately I can not be there personally anymore.’

Hard time: Kelsea Ballerini tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to host Monday night’s CMT Awards in person

Kelsea said she was ‘devastated’ by her diagnosis but had ‘good news’ as she ‘already felt better’ despite contracting the disease.

“The incredible CMT team and my team have bought part of the CMT set for my house, for my little bubble, and set it up where I can still host and perform,” she said.

‘It’s certainly not what we expected or planned, but we’re doing our damn best. … Let’s make some lemonade together from these very bitter lemons. ‘

Difficult: The 28-year-old singer shared an update with her fans on Instagram hours prior to the live show, where she revealed the positive diagnosis, but with plans to still host from home

Difficult: The 28-year-old singer shared an update with her fans on Instagram hours prior to the live show, where she revealed the positive diagnosis, but with plans to still host from home

“Okay friends, I have some bad news and I have some good news,” Ballerini said in a video. ‘The bad news is that a few days ago I tested positive for COVID and the CMT Awards are tonight, so unfortunately I can not be there personally anymore’

Kelsea Ballerini tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to host Monday night's CMT Awards in person;  seen at the Grammy Awards last week

Kelsea Ballerini tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to host Monday night’s CMT Awards in person; seen at the Grammy Awards last week

Nice: Country singer Kane Brown, who co-hosted Ballerini at last year's awards ceremony, 'graciously agreed to step in' and help at the last minute;  seen in July

Nice: Country singer Kane Brown, who co-hosted Ballerini at last year’s awards ceremony, ‘graciously agreed to step in’ and help at the last minute; seen in July

“Fortunately, she is asymptomatic and remains enthusiastic about co-hosting the show (remotely),” a statement from the CMT Awards said.

Fans can expect an exciting evening with their favorite country stars as the producers added: “They have plenty of surprises waiting for tonight’s show.”

Country singer Kane Brown, 28, who co-hosted Ballerini at last year’s awards ceremony, ‘graciously agreed to step in’ and help at the last minute.

Movie to Music: Marvel Cinematic Universe actor Anthony Mackie is also set to host live television tonight from Nashville, Tenn.  at  20 EST at CBS;  seen at the Grammys

Movie to Music: Marvel Cinematic Universe actor Anthony Mackie is also set to host live television tonight from Nashville, Tenn. at 20 EST at CBS; seen at the Grammys

Brown joins Marvel Cinematic Universe actor Anthony Mackie on stage tonight for live television from Nashville, Tenn. at 20.00 EST.

Kane is the most nominated musician at this year’s four-nod ceremony, including this year’s male video and this year’s CMT performance.

CBS will broadcast the awards, and the show can also be streamed live and on-demand on Paramount +.

Kacey Musgraves, LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride, Jimmie Allen, Taylor Lautner, Dennis Quaid, Gabby Barrett and Gayle King are just a few of the people scheduled to hand out awards or musical guests this evening.

Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd will also be performing, in addition to Mickey Guyton, Black Pumas and The Judds.

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