Whether at home, or in the audience, “the best performance ever,” would quickly become the response of anyone who watched the two on the stage.
Host Brad Paisley introduced the two, saying,
Tonight, for one night only, the Nashville sound meets the soul of Memphis. The CMA new Artist of the Year shares a drink with his superstar buddy from the home of the blues.
And just like that, on a smokey stage, Timberlake joined Stapleton in a rowdy and radiant performance that would forever go down in CMA history.
The duo opened with Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey” and followed with Timberlake’s country debut, “Drink You Away.”
The crowd was immediately brought to their feet as they sang and danced along to the duo’s rockin’ performance.
Even celebrities in the audience were blown away by the show, and many took out their phones to Tweet about it or take a photo. Let’s be honest, how often have you seen Keith Urban or Trisha Yearwood messing with their phones during an award show?
If that’s not saying something… we don’t know what is.
— Trisha Yearwood (@trishayearwood) November 5, 2015
— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) November 5, 2015
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) November 5, 2015
— Maggie Rose (@IAmMaggieRose) November 5, 2015
This performance will never be forgotten, and we’re hoping the two join forces a little more often.
Check out the video below, and relive the night that changed the CMAs forever!
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