CMA Awards co-hosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker took the awards show stage on Wednesday, November 11 to perform a powerful cover of the iconic hit, “In the Ghetto,” which was written by the late country songwriter Mac Davis and made famous by Elvis Presley in 1969. The performance was a tribute to Davis, who passed away in September of this year at the age of 78.
The two were introduced by gospel singer Cece Winans, who stated that the song “reminds us that when we see those in need, turning our heads and looking the other way is not the answer.”
The performance started with McEntire, dressed in a long black gown, standing onstage as a single spotlight shone down on her. She sang the first few lines of the song before Rucker joined her, also dressed in black. The two then traded lines and harmonized on the goosebump-inducing song that tells a powerful story.