"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.
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