Luke Combs won’t be performing at the 2022 CMT Music Awards, after all. The “Doin’ This” singer has been removed from a roster of artists first announced on Tuesday (March 22).
The Video of the Year nominee was due to record their performance for the April 11 awards show, Thursday, March 24. However, Combs has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. country now shares a note from a CMT spokesperson that confirms the news.
Combs was scheduled to play alongside Kane Brown during the show, but Old Dominion will now replace him.
The CMT Awards will air on CBS for the first time this year, but include the same video-centric awards the cable network’s flagship show was known for. Video of the Year is the grand prize, with other awards going to Female Video of the Year, Male Video of the Year, Group/Duo Video of the Year, and more.
Kelsea Ballerini and Anthony Mackie will host the Monday evening show.
Neither Combs nor his wife have commented on his positive COVID-19 test on their social media. Nicole Combs tested positive to start 2021 and detailed a brutal battle with the disease. She is currently pregnant with the couple’s first child, due later this spring. The singer had recently traveled overseas to perform at the C2C Festival in Ireland, England and Scotland. It is not known if his wife traveled with him.
The fact that Combs and Brown’s performance was to be taped was the first hint of what was to come from the CMT Music Awards next month. In years past, the network has filmed in unique locations across Tennessee to supplement live performances from the venue stage. Typically, prize shows are presented live, if only to reveal the winners in real time and avoid leaks.
Combs is up for two awards in total. There are only eight categories, all of which will be decided by fan vote.
Ballerini, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd, Carly Pearce, Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson and Keith Urban are more of the first batch of artists announced by CMT earlier this week.