In honor of the glorious genre, the Country Music Association was created to celebrate musical acts and their contribution to country music in an annual awards ceremony.
The event is now going on to celebrate its 50th ceremony, a remarkable feat in itself. Hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, the advertisement for the ceremony could have simply been footage from previous ceremonies and highlighting the acts that will be performing.
But instead, this year, the CMAs did something never before done in the history of country music.
Debuting a single titled “Forever Country,” the CMAs created a music video featuring a mash-up of three classic country songs: John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again”, all performed by a celebrity-filled cast of 30 CMA-winners.
This star-studded ensemble includes musical acts such as Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert — just to name a few.
In addition, voices never heard blended before come together in this single, mixing vocals such as Faith Hill and Tim McGraw or Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert in melodious duets. The harmonies are glorious and truly fitting of the expression “music to my ears”.
And in another never before done gesture, the music video includes appearances from Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton (with both Nelson’s “On the Road Again” and Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” being key refrains throughout the song).
The epic star-power of this music video truly speaks for itself. Not only are classic country artists brought together with more contemporary acts for the first time, but the passion behind their voices evokes a stirring feeling in your heart.
In addition, the music video truly shows that music is timeless. Even as some of our favorite acts get older, they still possess rich talent comparable to their younger counterparts, compelling a sense of fond nostalgia while cheering on their new successors as they take on the country music genre in their own style.
Something like this may never happen again. But while we do have it, appreciate it with everyone. Even if you are not a country fan, give it a listen. You might become one when you’re done.
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