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Kelsea Ballerini Tests Positive for COVID, Kane Brown to Replace Her as In-Person Host at 2022 CMT Music Awards

Ballerini is still set to host the award show and perform from her home, which airs tonight at 8/7c on CBS and Paramount+.

On the day of her hosting gig at the 2022 CMT Music Awards, Kelsea Ballerini has tested positive for COVID-19.

The “half of my hometown” singer took to her social media this morning (April 11) to let fans know that due to her positive test, she will be both hosting and performing from her home.

“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.”

Along with Ballerini’s post, the CMT Music Awards also released a statement revealing that Kane Brown will be “graciously” stepping in to help host alongside Anthony Mackie for the night.

“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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Written by Gracie Lowes

Gracie is an intern at Celeb Secrets who attends St Clair College. When she’s not reporting on the latest news, she enjoys watching tv shows and movies, reading, going to concerts and traveling.

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