Thomas Rhett Leads ‘Be A Light’ Collab Performance on CMA Awards

The inspiring message was much needed!

Written by Chris Parton
Thomas Rhett Leads ‘Be A Light’ Collab Performance on CMA Awards
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 11: Reba McEntire and Thomas Rhett perform onstage during the The 54th Annual CMA Awards at Nashville’s Music City Center on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for CMA)

Thomas Rhett led an inspiring collab performance of his hit single, “Be A Light,” on the 54th Annual CMA Awards, delivering an important message for the moment.

All about modeling the goodness you hope to see in the world, with resilience and positivity in the face of hardship, the powerful track speaks right into the COVID-19 reality — and also the performance itself. Rhett was joined onstage by Reba McEntire and Chris Tomlin, but Lady A’s Hillary Scott was forced to drop out before the show because of a COVID-19 exposure. Still, the country singers and contemporary Christian star found a way to look on the “bright” side.

“In a world full of hate, be a light / When you do somebody wrong, make it right / Oh, don’t hide in the dark, you were born to shine / In a world full of hate, be a light,” goes the track.

Thomas Rhett was up for two awards on the night — including Musical Event of the Year for “Be A Light.” Before the show, he was also revealed as co-host of the 2020 CMA Country Christmas special with his wife Lauren, and just released a new single titled “What’s Your Country Song.”

Co-hosted by Darius Rucker and McEntire, the 54th Annual CMA Awards aired live on ABC from Nashville’s Music City Center on November 11.