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Chris Stapleton & Justin Timberlake Pay Tribute To George Jones With 'Tennessee Whiskey'

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The country music world can't stop talking about Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake's 2015 CMA performance, and rightfully so. 

Not only did Stapleton and Timberlake rock the stage with a version of Timberlake's song, "Drink You Away," but they delivered a deeply soulful rendition of George Jones' "Tennessee Whiskey."

"Tennessee Whiskey" was originally recorded by David Allan Coe, but was made a hit by Jones when he released it as a single in August 1963. The song ended up peaking at the #2 spot U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and the #1 spot on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.

Stapleton went on to cover the song for his debut album, Traveller, which took home the CMA award for Album of the Year.

For Stapleton and Timberlake's performance, Stapleton starts out singing while Timberlake provides instrumental back up. Stapleton absolutely attacks each note with a strong, soulful sound, prompting cheers from the crowd while he's still singing.

Timberlake takes the lead in the middle of the performance, and the audience is clearly blown away by his voice, cheering for him shortly after he starts singing. He manages to surprise everyone with just how country he does sound, with his pop background giving his sound and his version of the song a unique twist.

The best part of the performance is at the end, when Stapleton and Timberlake come together to sing the rest of the song, producing a soulful sound that just makes you want to sway back and forth in your seat. 

But the crowd at the CMA's had to sway standing up, since they gave Stapleton and Timberlake a standing ovation before their performance was even over.

Watch Stapleton and Timberlake's incredible tribute to the legendary George Jones in the video below. 

Once you watch the clip, you'll understand why it is the most-talked about performance from the 2015 CMA's.

LYRICS BELOW

I used to spend my nights out in a barroom
Liquor was the only love I've known
But you rescued me from reaching for the bottle
And you brought me back from being too far gone
Your as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
Your as sweet as strawberry wine
Your as warm as a glass of brandy
And I stay stoned on your love all the time
I look for love in all the same old places
Found the bottom of the bottle always dry
But when you poured out your heart, I didn't waste it
'Cause there nothing like your love to gettin' me high
Your as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
Your as sweet as strawberry wine
Your as warm as a glass of brandy
And I stay stoned on your love all the time.
I stay stoned on your love all the time 
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