Kelsea Ballerini announced she will be hosting the CMT Music Awards from home on Monday night after contracting COVID-19.
Ballerini shared the news with fans on Instagram.
“Okay guys, I have some bad news, and I have some good news,” Ballerini said in a video. “The bad news is I tested positive for COVID a few days ago, and the CMT Awards are tonight, so unfortunately I can’t stay in person anymore.”
The country music star is ready to perform her new single, “Heartfirst”. However, now the performance will be from the ballerina’s house.
“The incredible CMT team and my team have bought part of the CMT set for my home, my little bubble, and installed it where I can still host and perform,” Ballerini revealed. “It’s definitely not what we expected or what we had planned for, but we’re doing our best. … Let’s make some lemonade out of these very bitter lemons.
“The CMT Music Awards team and CBS tapped major nominee Kane Brown to step in with Anthony Mackie from Nashville.
Brown has hosted the award show twice before.
“I am honored to have the team at CBS and CMT ask me to step down as a co-host and I am very pleased to be hosting the bonus third year again,” Brown said in a statement. “Everyone is working hard to make an amazing show for the fans and I’m excited to be working with Anthony and Kelsey and have a great night that celebrates country music.”
The CMT Music Awards will feature performances by Kenny Chesney, Mickey Guyton and the Black Pumas, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd, Old Dominion, Carly Pierce, Cole Swindell and Laney Wilson, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban . ,
Judds is reuniting at the CMT Music Awards for their first major awards show performance in two decades.
Underwood is the most awarded artist in CMT history with 23 prior wins and has a chance to extend her lead with nominations for Music Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year for her duet with Jason Aldean, “If I Didn’t love you.”
Fox News’ Lauryn Overholtz as well as the Associated Press contributed to this report.