“Alright friends, I have some bad news, and I have some good news. The bad news is that a couple of days ago I tested positive for COVID and the CMT Awards are tonight, so unfortunately I cannot be there in person anymore and I am devastated,” Ballerini said in the video.
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She went on to explain that the good news is she is “feeling a lot better” and CMT has been there to help her. “The incredible CMT team and my team have brought part of the CMT set to my house, to my little bubble, and set it up to where I can still host and perform. It is certainly not what we had expected or planned for, but we are doing our damn best. … Let’s make some lemonade together out of these very bitter lemons.”
“I’m honored the team at CBS and CMT asked me to step in as a co-host and I am so glad to be back again hosting for a bonus third year,” Brown said in a statement according to abc News. “Everyone has been working hard to put on an amazing show for the fans and I’m excited to get to work with Anthony and Kelsea and have a great night that celebrates country music.”
The 2022 CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville on CBS on Monday, April 11, at 8 p.m. EST.
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