Lady A, Rascal Flatts Pull Out of CMA Awards Due to COVID-19 Exposure

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Both bands were expected to perform during Wednesday night's show.

Lady A, formerly known as Lady Antebellum, and Rascal Flatts will no longer attend this year's CMA Awards.

Lady A took to social media just hours before the ceremony to announce that they will not be attending after a family member tested positive for COVID-19.

"Sadly, one of our immediately family members has just tested positive for COVID-19 this week," Lady A wrote in a statement. "So far, the three of us continue to test negative, and out of caution and love for everyone involved with the CMAs, we've decided to stay home from the awards tonight."

The trio announced that though they won't be able to perform with Darius Rucker and Thomas Rhett as originally planned, member Charles Kelley already pre-recorded his duet with Carly Pearce for the show.

"We'll be cheering on our friends at home like the rest of ya'll! Stay safe out there."

Meanwhile, Rascal Flatts also took to social media to share that after receiving a positive COVID test within the band they will no longer perform at the show. "We will no longer be attending in the interest of everyone's safety," they wrote. 

The CMA's is airing live Wednesday from Nashville's Music City Center. Reba McEntire and Rucker are hosting.