Charles Kelley will join Carly Pearce to sing “I Hope You’re Happy Now” in place of fellow country star Lee Brice who recently tested positive for the coronavirus

By Darlene Aderoju
November 09, 2020 10:05 PM
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Chris Stapleton; Charles Kelley
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A new list of performers and presenters for the 2020 CMA Awards has been revealed!

On Monday, it was announced that Chris Stapleton and Charles Kelley have been added to the star-studded list of performers for this year's show. Stapleton, 42, will perform his new single "Starting Over."

Lady A's Kelley, 39, already performing with his own group, will also join Carly Pearce to sing her hit track "I Hope You're Happy Now" in place of fellow country star Lee Brice, who recently tested positive for the coronavirus. (Florida Georgia Line are also no longer performing after Tyler Hubbard was diagnosed with COVID-19.)

Plus, a new list of award presenters has been named, including: New York Times best-selling author Lauren Akins, radio and TV personality Bobby Bones, singer-songwriter Charles Esten, model Taylor Hill, actor Patrick Schwarzenegger and gospel singer CeCe Winans. Country crooners Lauren Alaina, Jake Owen and  Sara Evans will also present trophies at the 54th Annual CMA Awards hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker.

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Previously announced stars  Dan + Shay, Justin BieberKeith UrbanDierks Bentley and Jason Aldean will also wow the crowd during one of the biggest nights of country music.

Hosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker would be taking the stage together "for an emotional, groundbreaking tribute performance," according to a press release. Jimmie AllenIngrid AndressLittle Big TownOld DominionJon Pardi and Morgan Wallen will also hit the stage at this year's show, along with Lady AGabby Barrett featuring Charlie PuthMiranda LambertMaren MorrisRascal Flatts and Eric Church. Rounding out the list are Luke CombsAshley McBrydeFlorida Georgia Line and a team-up of Thomas Rhett featuring McEntire, Hillary Scott and Chris Tomlin.

Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris
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"We couldn't be more excited to bring all of these incredible performances to life Wednesday night and give our artists the chance to come together, in a big way, on television for the first time in months," CMA Awards executive producer Robert Deaton said in a statement.

"As safety is our top priority, we have worked tirelessly over the past several months to fully transform Music City Center into a breathtaking setup that resembles the very first 'CMA Awards Banquet and Show' from 1967, and ensures our nominees, performers and their guests a fully safe and physically distant environment."

The 54th Annual CMA Awards will air Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.