Chris Young and Kane Brown performed their No. 1 duet “Famous Friends” at the 55th annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 10, and they included some of their fellow country artists in the performance.
Young took the stage to start the song. As he sang the first verse, yearbook photos of various people were shown on the screen behind him. When Young made it to the chorus, the screen began showing the real-life yearbook photos of some of his “Famous Friends” — his country music friends sitting in the audience.
Some of these artists included Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Keith Urban and more. The camera also showed many of the artists laughing in the audience after their picture appeared onscreen. In addition to showing the yearbook photos, fitting high school superlative-type traits were given to each artist. Shelton’s superlative read “Most likely to make the mullet famous” and Urban was honored with “Most likely to shred the guitar,” to name a few.
Brown joined Young for the second verse and chorus of the song while more yearbook photos were shown on the screen. The artists then finished out the uptempo song with smiles on their faces.
The duo first released “Famous Friends” back in 2020, and it went on become a Platinum-certified Number One in July of 2021. The hit marked Young’s tenth chart-topper and Brown’s sixth.
“Famous Friends” was one of the night’s most-nominated songs, coming into the night with three nods overall. Written by Young, co-producer Corey Crowder and Cary Barlowe, it was up for Single of the Year, Musical Event of the Year and also Music Video of the Year.
Back in their usual format after the pandemic-impacted 2020 show, the 55th Annual CMA Awards aired live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 10. The night featured dozens of performances and awards presentation for a glitzy ceremony dubbed “Country’s Biggest Night,” and was hosted by superstar Luke Bryan for the first time. You can check out Sounds Like Nashville’s full coverage here.