Luke Combs Contracts COVID, Will Not Perform At the CMT Music Awards

Luke Combs will not be performing at the CMT Music Awards as originally planned. The singer, who was slated to perform with Kane Brown, has contracted COVID-19, and is quarantining at home. Although the CMT Music Awards will not take place until April 11, Combs and Brown planned on taping their performance on Thursday, March 24. Old Dominion will instead perform with Brown in Combs’ absence.

“Unfortunately, Luke Combs won’t be with us tomorrow,” CMT says in a statement to Music Mayhem. “He is quarantined with COVID. He’s bummed to miss seeing everyone!”

Combs has yet to publicly comment on his illness. Although likely disappointed to not be able to take the stage with Brown, Combs still has plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks, including the arrival of his first child, a boy, with his wife, Nicole. Their son is due to arrive this spring.

“Here we go y’all!’ Combs shared on social media. “Lil dude Combs is coming this Spring! Couldn’t be more excited to start a family with this babe. It’s gonna be a hell of a ride”

The “Doin’ This” singer also has several concerts on his calendar this year, including three stadium shows. But while he loves performing, Combs insists he isn’t going to be an absentee father.

“My wife comes to almost every show,” Combs says (via “I enjoy her company and she has liked being out there up to this point, and obviously that will probably change a little bit with the baby and stuff. But I would love to have them out as much as they want to be out, as much as they can be out.

“I think that’s important,” he continues. “I don’t want to be a dad that’s not around or the dad that you see on TV and go ‘Oh that is my dad, and that is where he is today, I guess.’ Family is important to me. I’d like to be the guy throwing the football to them.”

Combs is nominated for two CMT Music Awards. The North Carolina native is nominated for Male Video of the Year and Video of the Year, both for his No. 1 hit, “Forever After All.” Find all of Combs’ tour dates at


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