Kenny Chesney will not be at the 2018 Country Music Awards.
The CMA's tweeted the news hours before the show on Wednesday (November 14), explaining that his absence was due to a family tragedy. "CMA Musical Event of the Year winner & Entertainer of the Year nominee @KennyChesney will be unable to appear on tonight's telecast due to a death in the family," read the tweet.
The announcement came just hours after Kenny and David Lee Murphy were announced as winners of Musical Event of the Year for "Everything’s Gonna Be Alright."
The country crooners were scheduled to perform the single together during the show. It's not yet known how their time slot will be filled. Other CMA performers include: Chris Stapleton, Kelsea Ballerini, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, and more.
This year’s show is expected to be yet another unforgettable night featuring someone or the biggest names in country music. The 2018 CMAs is set to broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on November 14.
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