Here is who will take Lee Brice's place at the 2020 CMA Awards

A member of Lady A will be pulling double duty at Wednesday's awards show
Lee Brice
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By , Audacy

Charles Kelley is helping avert certain disaster at the 2020 CMA Awards, stepping in to duet with Carly Pearce, whose partner recently tested positive for the coronavirus.

Lee Brice was originally scheduled alongside Pearce to perform "I Hope You're Happy Now" during Wednesday’s show. The artist revealed his positive test over the weekend. Representatives for Brice say he is “in good spirits and not experiencing any symptoms.” The duet was nominated for both Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year.

Carly was shocked after learning about her partner’s diagnosis. "I almost wrecked my car," she told online publication Taste of Country. "I was just like, 'What is happening?'"

Kelley will have big shoes to fill during Wednesday’s awards show. Not only will he perform the duet with Pearce, but also take the stage with co-host Darius Rucker to perform the latter’s new single, “Beers and Sunshine.” It’s also important to note that Kelley’s primary group, Lady A, are nominated for Vocal Group of the Year. That’s a full schedule!

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Brice isn’t the only artist who will be MIA for the CMA’s. Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard announced his COVID-19 diagnosis Monday, telling fans through a simple Instagram post. “Some of y’all guessed it..... Got the Rona. Asymptomatic. Quarantining on bus. Miss my family. Writing songs. Thankful,” the singer captioned with a close-up selfie.

Hubbard and bandmate Brian Kelley were scheduled to perform during the CMA’s, but People magazine is now reporting they will no longer take the stage in any capacity.

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