To kick off the 2017 CMT Music Awards, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley joined forces to honor the late Gregg Allman.
The founding member of the Allman Brothers passed away on May 27 from liver cancer. The loss was a huge blow to the country music and rock communities, so it’s only fitting to pay tribute to his talents with a star-studded performance.
You may not naturally put these three artists together as a dream collaboration, their a cappella intro of the Allman Brothers’ trademark song “Midnight Rider” is sure to give you goosebumps.
Watch the full performance below.
Although the awards were overall lacking in great performances, this tribute was a fitting and welcome addition to the festivities. Derek Trucks, who joined the Allman Brothers touring band in the early 2000s, also joined in on guitar.
Keith Urban walked away as the big winner at last night’s awards, snagging Male Video of the Year and Video of the Year for “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” You can see a full list of 2017 CMT Music Awards winners here.