6 years later and this is still probably one of the best CMA performances ever.
Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton performed a medley of two songs, “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Drink You Away” at the 2015 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The performance was highly praised and is often cited as one of the most memorable moments in recent CMA history.
“Tennessee Whiskey” is a country song originally recorded by David Allan Coe in 1981 and later made famous by George Jones in 1983. The song has become a classic of country music and has been covered by numerous artists over the years, including Chris Stapleton, who released his own version in 2015.
“Drink You Away” is a pop-rock song that Timberlake had previously recorded for his 2013 album “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2”. The song has a bluesy feel that blends well with the country sound of “Tennessee Whiskey”.
Timberlake and Stapleton’s performance of the two songs together was a unique and unexpected pairing that showcased both artists’ impressive vocal abilities and musicianship. The combination of Timberlake’s pop sensibility and Stapleton’s gritty, soulful country sound was a refreshing and exciting collaboration that delighted fans of both genres. The performance was so well-received that it helped propel Stapleton’s career to new heights, and the two artists continued to collaborate on other projects in the years that followed.