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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Carly Pearce and Charles Kelley of musical group Lady A perform onstage at Nashville’s Music City Center for “The 54th Annual CMA Awards” broadcast on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for CMA)

This was one of the performances that I was most looking forward to at last night’s CMA Awards! I was so bummed to hear that Lee Brice had tested positive for COVID and wouldn’t be able to take the stage with Carly Pearce (especially after “I Hope You’re Happy Now” won the CMA award for Musical Event of the Year.) Still, I was certain that Charles Kelley would do justice to the duet.

It did not disappoint! Just before the show, we learned that Lady A would not be performing or attending the CMAs, because a member of their band had also tested positive. “Luckily, Charles had already taped his performance with Carly Pearce,” the band said in an Instagram post.

Here’s Charles & Carly’s version of “I Hope You’re Happy Now.”

Carly Pearce, Charles Kelley - "I Hope You're Happy Now" | CMA Awards 2020

Music video of Carly Pearce with Charles Kelley performing "I Hope You're Happy Now" at CMA Awards 2020. Missed Country Music's Biggest Night? Watch it now O...

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Jenny Bender is one third of the Kicks Wake Up Krew on Kicks 99 in Augusta, Georgia, along with Cash & Dub. She's married to Chris Bender and is doting dog mom to their two rescue fur babies, Mary Poppins Bender & Truly Scrumptious Bender. Jenny is a karaoke queen who loves Jesus, country music, cheese, and the color pink.