Kenny Chesney will not be at the CMA Awards due to a death in the family

Posted at 5:05 PM, Nov 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-14 19:21:13-05

Country singer Kenny Chesney will not be at tonight's Country Music Association Awards ceremony due to a death in his family, a tweet from the CMA's official Twitter account said.

The tweet did not elaborate.

Chesney is nominated for the night's top award, Entertainer of the Year, alongside Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban.

Announced prior to the telecast, David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney had won the award for "Musical Event of the Year" for their collaboration on "Everything's Gonna Be Alright."

The CMA Awards air tonight at 7 p.m. on ABC15.