Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker host COVID-19 CMA Awards

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Welp, the second wave of the coronavirus has officially arrived with COVID-19 cases reaching record highs as the United States hits its seventh consecutive day out of more than 100,000 new cases reported. However, you’ll never know we were on the peak of a global pandemic by watching the Country Music Awards 2020, somewhat but not really socially behind. Even before it aired on ABC Wednesday night, CMAs were already a hot, COVID-y mess with three performers, including the problematic Lady A, dropping out at the last minute due to exposure to COVID-19. Nonetheless, the show (for whatever reason) decided to continue, with a maskless, semi-socially estranged event at the Music City Center in Nashville. Can you say… yeah!

The participants, most of whom appeared to be nominees, were scattered at various tables and booths surrounding a circular stage with around 4 people seated per table. From our perspective, there were at least 20 booths / tables, which by our expert calculations would mean that at least 80 people (not counting crew members and performers) are currently in a space closed while listening to live music at the height of the pandemic. Oof. Hosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker definitely got within 6 feet of each other while shedding light on the super spreader event of it all during their joint opening monologue, joking that the new McEntire’s man, actor Rex Linn, must stay five feet from the music beloved Carrie Underwood country at all times, by Reba’s rules. Ha. Ha. Ha. The worst part is that there is no mask in sight on stage or in the audience. So, if you want to feel the least positive about the nation’s prospect of beating the coronavirus, we recommend that you really watch something other than the CMA right now. Excuse us while we go wash our hands for 20 uninterrupted minutes and order two boxes of N95 masks for no particular reason. Sigh, it’s going to be a long winter …



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