After Merle Haggard passed away on April 6, the country music community and fans entered a deep state of grief. Tributes to "The Hag" came pouring in, with many artists honoring him on stage at their own shows.
When the CMT Music Awards rolled around on June 8, fans were expecting a full-fledged tribute to Haggard because it was the first awards show to take place since his passing. But fans were left feeling disappointed when the tribute to Haggard was merely a passing mention during the ceremony.
Since fans were let down by the CMT Music Awards' tribute to Haggard, they've been curious to know if the CMA has decided to host its own tribute to him. With this year marking the 50th anniversary of the CMAs, the focus has been on honoring country music's rich history and great artists. So it only makes sense that a tribute to Haggard would be a part of the show.
Co-host Brad Paisley agrees, as he revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly about the awards, which air on Wednesday night (November 3). When asked if there will be a tribute to Haggard at the awards, Paisley confirmed that it is a go. As he shared, the CMA doesn't only have plans to honor Haggard, but other late country legends who had a profound impact on the genre.
We were excited for the CMAs before, but now we really can't wait! Paisley said before that we could also expect a tribute to Randy Travis during the ceremony, led by Paisley himself! Paisley also paid tribute to Travis at his recent Hall of Fame induction, and you can watch that performance below.
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