Country star Kelsea Ballerini is making a last-minute pivot to co-hosting the CMT Music Awards remotely after testing optimistic for COVID-19 days earlier than the present.
Ballerini and actor Anthony Mackie had been set to host the Monday evening awards present airing on CBS from Nashville. But on Monday morning, CMT and CBS introduced that Ballerini will stay house. She is asymptomatic, and Ballerini mentioned CMT is setting it up so she will be able to carry out and co-host from her home.
“It has been set it up in a way where I can safely still co-host the Awards and perform on the show tonight,” Ballerini mentioned in an announcement. “This just isn’t what we had deliberate for, however I’m able to make lemonade out of those lemons.”
The main nominee for the evening, Kane Brown, has been tapped to assist Mackie with in-person co-hosting. Brown has twice hosted the fan-voted present, together with with Ballerini final yr.
“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,” said Brown in a statement. “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.”
Mackie, who starred in Marvel’s “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” guarantees a enjoyable evening.
“Being a host of the CMT Awards is something I have wanted to do for a long time,” said Mackie in a statement. “I was excited to be able to do it with Kelsea Ballerini. Now, I get to co-host with both Kelsea and my friend, Kane Brown. Get ready cuz it’s gonna be a fun night!”
The CMT Music Awards will characteristic performances by Kenny Chesney, Mickey Guyton and Black Pumas, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd, Old Dominion, Carly Pearce, Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. The Judds are additionally reuniting on the CMT Music Awards for his or her first main awards present efficiency in over twenty years.
Underwood is probably the most awarded artist in CMT historical past with 23 prior wins and has an opportunity to increase her lead with nominations for music video of the yr and collaborative video of the yr for her duet with Jason Aldean, “If I Didn’t Love You.”