But the awards show said the pioneering singer tested negative after returning home.
The rapper said he was proud to see his "Old Town Road" remix with Billy Ray Cyrus bridge "two polar opposite genres."
The country music star pulled the prank on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" ahead of the CMA Awards.
The Atlanta artist's original release of "Old Town Road" sparked wide conversation about racial discrimination in the country music world.
The CMAs also took time to honor the victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting and the California wildfires.
The 34-year-old singer said she'll “be alright," but she might need some time.
“I was told country music is three chords and the truth.”
The Grammy winner sang outside the CMAs to make his point.
Yes. To. This.
Everyone looked great. Everyone.