Watch Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgraves’ Colorful CMA Duet

This isn't the "Rainbow" duet you were expecting!

Written by Chris Parton
Watch Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgraves’ Colorful CMA Duet
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 13: Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson perform onstage during the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images,)

Country legend Willie Nelson and hit maker Kacey Musgraves teamed up for a colorful collaboration at the 53rd annual CMA Awards, painting the stage with an unexpected duet.

Rather than singing Musgraves’ Golden Hour hit “Rainbow” — which won the award for Music Video of the Year earlier in the day — the pair of Texan troubadours shared time on Kermit the Frog’s “The Rainbow Connection” instead. A bold-but-brilliant choice, the tender track (written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher) became a heartwarming highlight.

With Nelson’s trusty guitar, Trigger, around his neck and with Musgraves by his side, the pair traded verses with a full string ensemble behind them — plus a cascading rainbow of fabric in the background. Nelson’s gruff-yet-gentle vocal was made extra lovable when contrasted by Musgraves’ bright, pitch-perfect delivery, adding up to a surprise country lullaby.

Just after the performance, Musgraves was named the CMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year for the first time.