Chris Stapleton Makes Surprise Appearance at Justin Timberlake Show

Justin Timberlake fans were in for a country surprise when they caught wind that Chris Stapleton would be making a little cameo at the pop star’s Nashville concert on Wednesday night (5/10).

Stapleton stepped out onto the stage to sing “Say Something” with Timberlake, which left the crowd roaring over the shock. Although Timberlake’s show is filled with a number of his latest tracks mixed in with some of the hottest bops in his career, the duet caused a fan frenzy with people in the crowd singing along to the acoustic guitar-centered song.

The two have played the song live on a number of other platforms, including after the Super Bowl for a special edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and at the BRIT Awards in London.

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NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 04: Musician Justin Timberlake (L) performs onstage with Singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton (R)performs onstage at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/FilmMagic)

How the duet came into fruition, though, marks another interesting story. Although Stapleton and Timberlake have been friends for a couple years now, their collaboration proved rather spontaneous than a set plan, according to the country star.

“I really just went out to Los Angeles to write songs with him. It was a very fluid process with him, there’s a lot going on. That was one of those things where there wasn’t necessarily a plan. He was like ‘All right, you hop in there and take a verse,’ and I’m like, ‘You want me to do what?’ … It came out great. I had a blast with him, he’s a great creative force and one of those guys that if you get a chance to work with him, you should,” he explained previously to Billboard.

“Say Something” can be found on Timberlake’s latest album, Man of the Woods.