The 54th Annual CMA Awards aren’t until tonight, however, Carly Pearce and Lee Brice are already big winners.
It was just announced on ABC’s Good Morning America that their chart-topping duet, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” has been awarded with the title of CMA Musical Event of the Year. The award goes to the artists as well as the producer, the late busbee.
Pearce and Brice were set to perform the song during tonight’s show, however, Brice was diagnosed with COVID-19 prior to the show. Lady A’s Charles Kelley will now fill in for Brice to perform the song alongside Pearce.
Other collaborations nominated in the category were “10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber), “Be A Light” – Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban, “The Bones” – Maren Morris with Hozier and “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” – Miranda Lambert (feat. Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes & Caylee Hammack).
The 54th Annual CMA Awards will also feature performances from Chris Stapleton, Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Luke Combs, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Jon Pardi, Keith Urban, Jimmie Allen, Ingrid Andress, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Ashley McBryde, Old Dominion, Gabby Barrett, Charlie Puth, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Thomas Rhett, Brothers Osborne, Jenee Fleenor, Dierks Bentley, Lady A, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber.
Hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, the star-studded event is set to air tonight on ABC at 8/7 c.