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CMA Awards Respond to Backlash After Charley Pride's Death From Coronavirus, One Month After Attending Indoor Ceremony

The death of country music legend Charley Pride shocked his fans only one month after he was in attendance at the 2020 Country Music Association Awards, which were held indoors in November.

The 86-year-old music star died on Saturday (December 12) in Dallas, Texas of complications from COVID-19, his publicist confirmed.

Shortly after his death, Maren Morris took to Twitter to say that if the indoor award show contributed to his catching Coronavirus, everyone should be outraged.

The CMAs have now responded with a statement.

“Everyone affiliated with the CMA Awards followed strict testing protocols outlined by the city health department and unions. Charley was tested prior to traveling to Nashville. He was tested upon landing in Nashville, and again on show day, with all tests coming back negative,” the statement read. “After returning to Texas following the CMA Awards, Charley again tested negative multiple times. All of us in the country music community are heartbroken by Charley’s passing. Out of respect for his family during their grieving period, we will not be commenting on this further.”

Maren Morris Says 'We Should Be Outraged' if Indoor CMAs Contributed to Charley Pride's Death

Maren Morris is speaking out following the death of country music legend Charley Pride, who died from coronavirus complications just one month after attending the 2020 CMA Awards in Nashville.

The awards show was held indoors at the Music City Center and an audience was present, unlike most awards shows happening in the pandemic.

“I don’t want to jump to conclusions because no family statement has been made, but if this was a result of the CMAs being indoors, we should all be outraged. Rest in power, Charley,” Maren tweeted.

She added, “F–k this f–king year.”

Someone replied to Maren and said, “Coming from an artist that also attended the indoor event… 🤦🏻‍♀️.”

Maren replied to that tweet and said, “hence ‘WE’ should be outraged.”

Click inside to see what another country star said in response to Maren… More Here! »

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Maren Morris Wins Female Vocalist of the Year at CMA Awards 2020, Dedicates Win to Black Women in Country Music

Maren Morris is a winner!

The 30-year-old singer won the award for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2020 CMA Awards. This is her first time winning the award.

“I love you so much, all the women in this category,” Maren said in her acceptance speech. “Thank you so much to my team. I have a lot of people to thank, and they’re the typical ones that lift me up and made this dream come true with me. But there are some things in my mind that I want to give recognition to. I’m just a fan of their music, and they’re as country as it gets. I just want them all to know how much we love them back, and just check out their music after this.”

Maren then went on to dedicate her win to the Black women in country music, giving a special shout-out to Linda Martell, Yola, Mickey Guyton, Rissi Palmer, Brittney Spencer, and Rihannon Giddens.

“There are so many amazing Black women that pioneered and continue to pioneer this genre, and I know they’re going to come after me,” Maren continued. “They’ve come before me, but you have made this genre so, so beautiful. I hope you know that we see you. Thank you for making me so inspired as a singer in this genre.

“This has been the most magical night,” Maren concluded. “I get to go see my baby after this. Thank you country music. This means the world. Thank you!”

Earlier in the night, Maren sparkled in plunging dress while performing “The Bones.”

Maren also won the first two awards of the night – Single of the Year and Song of the Year – for her hit song “The Bones.”

Congrats on the big wins, Maren!

FYI: Maren is wearing a Dundas dress.

15+ pictures inside of Maren Morris at the awards show…More Here! »

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CMA Awards 2020 - Complete Winners List Revealed!

The winners list has been revealed following the 2020 CMA Awards!

The event took place live on Wednesday (November 11) at the Music City Center in Nashville and it was the first awards show to have an audience since the beginning of the pandemic.

The guests were all seated at tables that were spread out around the venue to ensure social distancing, though virtually none of the people in attendance wore masks.

Maren Morris was the big winner of the night, taking home three awards, while the big prize of the night, Entertainer of the Year, went to legendary performer Eric Church.

Click inside to find out who won awards… More Here! »

Reba McEntire Coughed on TV During the CMA Awards & Had a Funny Reaction

Reba McEntire had a funny moment happen during the 2020 CMA Awards, which took place on Wednesday (November 11) at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.

The 65-year-old singer, who hosted the event with fellow singer Darius Rucker, coughed while trying to say something to the audience.

“Excuse me, not a good time to do that is it?” Reba said right after the cough, referencing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the pandemic and the rising number of cases in Tennessee, as well as all over the country, the CMA Awards had a live audience that was socially distanced.

Reba made her red carpet debut with her new boyfriend at the event. Make sure to check out those photos too!

Here’s our full coverage of the awards show.

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Taylor Hill Suits Up in Versace to Present at CMA Awards 2020

Taylor Hill is making a very stylish appearance at the 2020 CMA Awards!

The 24-year-old model struck a pose on the red carpet while arriving at the country music awards event on Wednesday (November 11) at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Taylor looked super chic in a black suit and chunky gold necklace as she stepped out for the event.

During the show, Taylor took to the stage to present an award. You can check out the full list of 2020 CMA Awards nominees here.

Also during the show, Taylor posed at her table with boyfriend Daniel Fryer.

Back in September, Daniel showed off his hot bod while at the beach with Taylor in Italy!

FYI: Taylor is wearing a Versace suit and necklace.

10+ pictures inside of Taylor Hill at the 2020 CMA AwardsMore Here! »

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Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, & More Step Out for CMA Awards 2020 in Nashville!

Jason Aldean wears his cowboy hat while walking the carpet at the 2020 CMA Awards on Wednesday (November 11) at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.

The 43-year-old singer opened the show by performing in a tribute to late singer Charlie Daniels, who died back in July.

More stars who attended the event, who are pictured here in the gallery, include Jimmie Allen, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, Little Big Town, Chris Tomlin, and Jake Owen.

Jimmie was joined on the carpet by his fiancee Alexis Gale. He was nominated for New Artist of the Year and he performed a tribute to legendary singer Charley Pride, who was presented with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dierks performed in the opening number with Jason.

Jon and his fiancee Summer Duncan walked the carpet together ahead of his tribute to the late Joe Diffie, who died in March from complications related to COVID-19.

Little Big Town performed a tribute to the late Kenny Rogers.

Chris, who was joined at the show by wife Lauren Bricken, performed his song “Be a Light” with Thomas Rhett and Reba McEntire.

Jake and his girlfriend Erica Hartlein walked the carpet together. He hosted the red carpet show and then presented during the main event.

FYI: Chris is wearing a Todd Snyder suit, an Eton shirt, and Paul Smith shoes.

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