Billy Ray Cyrus Surprises CMA Fest By Joining Dierks Bentley For “Achy Breaky Heart”

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Dierks Bentley Brings Out Billy Ray Cyrus For Surprise Performance During CMA Fest In 2022

Dierks Bentley and Billy Ray Cyrus united for an unforgettable collaboration during CMA Fest a few years ago.

Along with Elle King, Dierks Bentley was tasked with hosting the 2022 CMA Fest for its televised special that aired on ABC on August 3, 2022. Since he was one of the hosts, it makes sense why Bentley’s set included one of the biggest surprise collaborations of the entire festival!

Billy Ray Cyrus and Dierks Bentley collaborated at CMA Fest in 2022
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Bentley was tasked with closing out the fourth and final night of the festival. He sang two songs with King, including their then-new duet “Worth a Shot.”

But King wasn’t the only duet partner who joined Bentley at CMA Fest. Much to everyone’s surprise, Bentley paused his set to welcome Billy Ray Cyrus to the stage!

The duo teamed up to sing Cyrus’ iconic hit “Achy Breaky Heart.” The song was released in 1992, so it celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2022.

“Achy Breaky Heart” reached the #1 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart following its release. It also crossed over to claim the fourth spot on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Dierks Dances To “Achy Breaky Heart”

The music video for “Achy Breaky Heart” featured a line dance, which many people still perform to this day. In fan-filmed footage from CMA Fest, you can see some people in the crowd dancing along to the song. Even Bentley could be seen attempting a few dance moves onstage while he sang with Cyrus.

Head below to watch some videos of Bentley and Cyrus’ performance. Check out the second slide in the first post to see one of the videos

It looks like Bentley and Cyrus had a ton of fun!


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