After a shift to a smaller, more private ceremony in 2020, it’s expected that the CMA Awards will be back at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena this year to revive the event’s glory days before the pandemic and with new medical protocols in place.
The ceremony will take place at Bridgestone on Nov. 10, according to the Country Music Association, announced Wednesday. The concert will be open to the public, and a limited amount of tickets will be available starting at 10:00 a.m. on Monday. Nov. 1 via Ticketmaster.
Every ticketed person in the audience is required to present proof of their vaccination against COVID-19. In addition, masks are mandatory at all times that people aren’t drinking or eating.
In the press release, CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern said the requirements are “due to TV production protocols and venue and local rules.”
With or Without Masks?
The Country Music Association says they adhere to CDC regulations in its live broadcast amid a torrent of tweets expressing displeasure because of the lack of masks worn during COVID-19.
The CMAs were not the final of three awards ceremonies for country music produced during the outbreak. Instead, they were the first awards show to include a lot of the stars of the genre in the same space, Music City Center in Nashville at the same time.
However, the show could not avoid the common pitfalls of the COVID-19 pandemic. About an hour before the show began, the two female performers, lady A and Jenee Fleenor were included on the roster of performers who could not perform because of possible encounters with someone who had tested positive COVID-19.
About half an hour after the performance, Rascal Flatts announced that they would cancel their show due to an unknown member of the group being positive for COVID-19.
During the broadcast, country singers were seen wearing masks at their tables in Music City Center. However, the only individuals who stood out in the crowd were the host, Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, and other presenters of awards.
“Staff and crew are also required to wear PPE at all times and, of course, practice social and physical distancing. Tables are spaced eight feet apart with no more than four people seated per table,” the official statement added.