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Ballerini tests positive, will help host CMT Awards remotely

Monday, April 11, 2022 – Kelsea Ballerini is out as an in-person host of the CMT Music Awards tonight due to having COVID.

"The bad news is that a couple of days ago, I tested positive for COVID a couple of days ago," Ballerini said in an Instagram post. "So, unfortunately, I cannot be there in person any more, and I am devasted. I'm gutted, but the good news is that I'm feeling a lot better, a lot better."

Ballerini will host and perform from her home where she will host and perform. "It is certainly what we had expected and planned for, but we are doing our damn best. So, I will see you tonight at the awards."

"Let's make some lemonade together out of these very bitter lemons," she said.

Kane Brown will be the lone live host of the awards show with actor Anthony Mackie from Nashville's Municipal Auditorium as planned.


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