Who can be more professional than Kelsea Ballerini who completed her commitment to hosting the CMT awards even after her test came positive for Covid-19.
Anthony Mackie, who was the co-host of Ballerini, took over the stage at the very last moment to announce the absence of Kelsea from stage in real life.
Mackie came up the stage on a live broadcast held at the Municipal Auditorium in the city of Nashville.
He sang Keith Urban’s song “Wild Hearts” and another single “Never say never” by Lainey Wilson and Cole Swindell.
“I know all of you were looking forward to seeing Kelsea Ballerini out here tonight on the stage, but she’s a little under the weather,” Mackie said. “But just like the NFL has backup QBs, here at the CMA Awards, we have backup KBs.”
Singer Kane Brown, also affectionately known as KB, was brought up on the stage to rescue the awards night. Kane Brown has already hosted these awards two times in the past.
Kane Brown was also nominated for an award.
Singer Martina McBride and Thomas Rhett also requested to volunteer in hosting the show but were politely refused. The reason was the grand appearance of Kelsea Ballerini all dressed up sitting in her living room while other attendees of the awards show could be seen all so chic in their awards function attire.
“This is my normal Monday night, in full glam, with lighting I set up myself, and a remote truck outside,” Ballerini said. “I would so much rather be there with you, but I will be popping in all night long.”
Ballerini also sang her latest single “heartfelt” while performing from the backyard of her home. She could be seen in a sparkling mint-green mini dress.
Ballerini kept on making appearances throughout the ceremony.
The show featured different performances by renowned artists such as Old Dominion, Little big town, Black Pumas, Ryan Hurd, Mickey Guyton, and Maren Morris.
The hosting was not the only hiccup that occurred during the awards function.
A lighting blunder also took place on the pink carpet when the staff was forced to close it as stars started to pour in when photographers were all set to take pictures.