The Country Music Awards were held last night in Nashville. Ahead of the awards show, executives told media outlets that they were aiming for a socially-distant show, but a live, in person show nonetheless, with hundreds of people in an indoor venue. The idea was “fewer people than usual” and a red carpet where people social-distanced, but it was still chaotic and maskless. Many people didn’t wear masks on the carpet OR during the show, and the seating arrangements looked awful too, as Vulture pointed out: “there were at least 20 booths/tables which by our expert calculations would mean at least 80 people (not counting crew members and performers) are currently in an enclosed space listening to live music at the height of the pandemic.” So, the CMAs were a super-spreader event.
Also worth noting: several performers and acts had to pull out of the CMAs at the last minute because they either tested positive for the virus during the CMA-required covid-testing, or they were exposed by family or friends and had to quarantine. Some of the people who pulled out at the last minute: Lady A, Rascal Flatts, Jenee Fleenor, Lee Brice and Florida Georgia Line. Shambolic.
Anyway, enjoy these photos of Miranda Lambert and her out-of-work Hot Cop. At no point did Miranda or WhatsHisBadge wear a mask! Miranda’s ex, Blake Shelton, was not there. I honestly think they trade off which awards shows they go to.
Photos courtesy of Getty.