CMT Music Awards Co-Host Kelsea Ballerini Tests Positive for COVID, Kane Brown Steps In

The CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville 8 p.m. (ET) on CBS.

The last place CMT Music Awards host Kelsea Ballerini expected to be tonight is in her living room. But she revealed Monday morning that due to a positive COVID-19 test, that’s exactly where she’ll be.

Ballerini will still perform and help host the show, she said. Actor Anthony Mackie and Kane Brown will co-host from Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium as planned.

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The singer said the test results left her “devastated” and “gutted.” However, she’s determined to make lemonade out of lemons.

“The good news is I’m feeling a lot better, and the incredible CMT family and my team have brought part of the CMT set to my house … so I can still host and perform,” she said.

Ballerini said she has several outfit changes lined up to make up for not being there, and they might be even more over-the-top.

“It’s certainly not what we planned for, but we’re doing our … best,” she said. “I will still see you tonight.”

The CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville 8 p.m. (ET) on CBS.

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