While the CMA announced that Bentley and Rascal Flatts would play a track together, shockwaves were sent throughout the crowd as they kicked things off with the Montgomery Gentry anthem. Rather than going into one of their songs from their collections respectively, they plowed through the lyrics as stars got up out of their seats to honor the late singer.
Gentry’s wife and one of his daughters were in the audience, with his wife shedding tears as they continued to sing her late husband’s famous single.
Eddie Montgomery even came onto the stage to take on his vocals for the hit he shared with Gentry, giving chills to the entire CMA Award audience. As Montgomery sang “Maybe T-Roy and I can show you around,” many of the country artists in the crowd sang along to every word despite holding back tears.
The performance earned the first standing ovation of the night as emotion flooded throughout the room, leaving a lot of love and respect behind for Gentry who tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash only a few short months ago.
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