Leading up to the CMAs, we knew that Randy Travis had a role in them, but we had no idea he was going to be the shining star of the opening number.
In 2013, Randy suffered a massive stroke that left him unable to speak or sing. Country fans and artists alike thought that they'd never get the chance to hear him sing his iconic songs like "Forever and Ever, Amen" ever again.
But when he took the stage at the CMAs, Randy proved that miracles can happen. A few weeks earlier during his induction at the Country Music Hall of Fame, Randy stunned everyone when he sang part of "Amazing Grace."
That Hall of Fame performance was only the second time Randy had performed in public since suffering his stroke. The first was during a private funeral in February 2016.
With his CMA performance, Randy managed to touch the hearts of country fans around the world when he joined his fellow legends and today's artists on stage. Standing next to co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, Randy listened to everyone else sing "Forever and Ever, Amen" as he stood by with a huge smile on his face.
But then Randy made us smile and cry at the same time when he concluded the entire opening by singing the final line to the song. The crowd was on its feet, rewarding him with a standing ovation he more than deserved.
Tune in below to watch the touching moment that Randy sang at the CMA Awards. We couldn't think of a better way to open the show...
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