Charley Pride CMA awards before death raises concerns over COVID protocols

After announcing the death of country music icon Charley Pride due to complications from COVID on Saturday, some people raised concerns and speculated about the Country Music Association’s (CMA) coronavirus protocols after the singer recently appeared at the 2020 awards ceremony.

The CMA awards were held in front of a live, socially distant audience at the Music City Center in Nashville on Nov. 11, in contrast to other music awards ceremonies produced during the pandemic, which chose not to live.

Although the association required a quick test for those present and the tables were distributed to comply with the city’s COVID-19 guidelines, face masks were reportedly not in effect for members of the audience.

Pride, 86, died on Saturday of complications from COVID-19. Public relations firm 2911 Media, representing Pride, confirmed the death of the rural singer in a statement.

His death occurred a month after he received a lifetime achievement award from the CMA. Pride was the first black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Some artists were worried about the event’s coronavirus protocols after the star passed.

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The passing of Charley Pride has raised concerns about CMA coronavirus security protocols. Pride, the theme “American Masters – Charley Pride: Just Me,” is shown above in the PBS segment of the 2019 Winter Television Critics Association press conference at The Langham in Huntington, Pasadena, February 1, 2019, Pasadena, California. .
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“I don’t want to draw any conclusions because no family statement was made, but if it was a consequence of the CMAs being inside, we should all be outraged,” wrote Maren Morris, the singer-songwriter, in her tweet that has since been deleted. – Relax in power, Charley.

Singer Brandi Carlile shared Morris ’concerns.

“Honestly, you’re right that you take note of what everyone is curious about, and as usual, YOU can lose a lot to ask the question,” Carlile tweeted on Saturday. “Thank you for being human. Whether you got there or not, you were compromised and it could be easy.

“She was quietly disturbed for weeks,” Carlile continued.

Country singer Mickey Guyton also commented on Twitter after Pride’s death:

Representatives of the CMAs and Pride issued a statement on Saturday detailing the COVID protocols introduced by the association for awarding.

“Everyone who joined the CMA Awards followed strict testing protocols outlined by the city health department and unions,” the statement said.

“Charley was tested before his trip to Nashville. He was tested in Nashville on landing and again on show day, all tests were negative. After returning to Texas after the CMA Awards, Charley again gave negative results several times.” he continued. “We’re all heartbroken in the Country Music community about Charley’s passing.”

Dolly Parton was among the many celebrities and fans who lamented the loss of the Pride.

“I’m so heartbreaking that one of my dearest and oldest friends, Charley Pride, is dead,” Parton tweeted on Saturday. “It’s even worse to know he died of COVID-19. What a terrible, horrible virus. Charley, we’ll always love it.”

Pride management did not respond Newsweek’s request for timely publication.