Kelsea Ballerini will host the CMT Music Awards from her home

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Kelsea Ballerini is making a last-minute pivot to co-host the CMT Music Awards remotely after testing positive for COVID-19 days before the show.

Ballerini and actor Anthony Mackie were scheduled to host the Monday night awards show airing on CBS from Nashville. But on Monday morning, CMT and CBS announced that Ballerini would stay home. She is asymptomatic, and Ballerini said CMT is setting it up so she can perform and co-host from her home.

“It has been set up so that I can still safely co-host the awards and perform on the show tonight,” Ballerini said in a statement. “Not what we planned, but I’m ready to make lemonade with these lemons.”

Additionally, the night’s main nominee, Kane Brown, was tapped to help Mackie — who starred in Marvel’s “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” — with in-person co-hosting. Brown has hosted the fan-voted show twice, including with Ballerini last year.

“I’m honored that the CBS and CMT team asked me to step in as a co-host and I’m so happy to be back for a third bonus year,” Brown said in a statement. “Everyone has worked hard to put on an amazing show for the fans and I’m thrilled to be working with Anthony and Kelsea and having a great night that celebrates country music.

The CMT Music Awards will feature performances from 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 also reunite at the CMT Music Awards for their first major awards show in over two decades.

Underwood is the most awarded artist in CMT history with 23 prior wins and has a chance to extend his lead with nominations for Music Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year for his duet with Jason Aldean, “If I Didn’t Love You.”

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