The performance showcased Bentley — with his long hair and a southwestern-style striped button-up — taking the first verse of “Beers On Me,” followed by HARDY and BRELAND taking their turns on the next two, respectively. HARDY brought his signature swagger and microphone punches to the stage while BRELAND swayed with confidence into undeniably smooth vocals.
The trio—who are all co-writers on the song — came together for a fun, tight harmony during each chorus, and the performance ended with Bentley tossing out fist bumps and hugs to his partners in Busch Light.
Bentley came into the night with two nominations — one for Male Vocalist of the Year and one for Music Video of the Year for “Gone.” Meanwhile, newcomers BRELAND and HARDY have both been on an upward trajectory in recent years, breaking out with their own hits. BRELAND scored early attention for his country trap hit “My Truck” in 2019, and HARDY scored his first Number One as an artist with “One Beer” (Featuring Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson) in 2020. HARDY also came into the show nominated for Best New Artist.
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.