As the CMAs gear up for their big 50th anniversary show, artists keep collaborating for really cool promos. In the newest one, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert sing a pair of classics back-to-back (literally).
Urban starts it off, strumming the guitar and singing the opening lines of Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind.” Then, taking advantage of the identical progression, Lambert brings her unmistakable sound to the mix with Patsy Cline’s “Crazy.” Urban joins in at the very end for a brief but sweet duet.
The words “Then. Now. Forever Country” pop up — the CMA Awards slogan for the year.
What a cool moment. And yes, technically “Crazy” was a huge hit for Patsy Cline. But Nelson actually wrote it. In fact, he once tried to sell it for $10. Thankfully that didn’t happen, because Cline made it a household song. Funny enough, Nelson didn’t write “Always On My Mind.” He just recorded it, to much fanfare.
The series of promos leading up to this year’s awards have been pretty neat. Of course, the whole thing kicked off with that massive cover video featuring another Nelson song, “On The Road Again.”
The message for the 50th CMA Awards is about celebrating both country music’s history and its future. The “Forever Country” campaign features a lot of modern day stars and up-and-comers performing tribute covers of classics. But it also features a lot of those stars themselves.
Tune in to the 50th annual CMAs for what’s sure to be more amazing performances. They air live at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 on ABC.