Brothers Osborne and Dierks Bentley Ignite ‘Lighten Up’ on CMT Awards

Check out their grungy country-rock collab.

Brothers Osborne and Dierks Bentley Ignite ‘Lighten Up’ on CMT Awards
MANCHESTER, TENNESSEE: In this image released on June 9th 2021, T.J. Osborne performs onstage for the 2021 CMT Music Awards at The Bonnaroo Farm in Manchester, Tennessee broadcast on June 9, 2021. (Photo by John Shearer/2021 CMT Awards/Getty Images for CMT)

Brothers Osborne and Dierks Bentley set the 2021 CMT Music Awards on country-rock fire Wednesday night (June 9), igniting a red-hot performance of the track “Lighten Up.”

Delivering their offsite collab from the Bonnaroo Farm stage, the country stars ripped into the lead track off Brothers Osborne’s 2020 album, Skeletons, adding some in-person fuel to a track full of crunchy, grungy guitars, pounding drums and rowdy lyrics. Set up in a circle like a smoke ring, the performance featured rumbling vocals from TJ Osborne and a spirited second verse from Bentley, while John Osborne delivered a few dangerously wild guitar solos. All the while fog machines billowed fake smoke, as dusk fell across the Tennessee landscape.

Meanwhile, Brothers Osborne have been making headlines lately for some very special reasons. On a personal note, the duo’s TJ Osborne announced that he was part of the LGBTQ+ community, marking the first openly gay artist on a major record label. The positive response was overwhelming and led the due to release the heartfelt track “Younger Me.” On the professional side, BROS will embark on their headlining We’re Not For Everyone Tour beginning in July. The brother duo will be joined by rising stars Tenille Townes and Travis Denning.

Like BROS, Bentley has a full plate of upcoming projects. The “Drunk On A Plane” singer wrapped his High Times & Hangovers Club Tour in May and will soon hit the road again for his Beers On Me Tour, featuring Riley Green and Parker McCollum. Bentley is also working on the return of his Seven Peaks Festival for Labor Day weekend.

Other performances from country music’s only fan-voted awards show include Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown, Lauren Alaina and more.

The 2021 CMT Awards, hosted by Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini, will air live on Wednesday, June 9 at 8 p.m. ET on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network and TV Land. Voting is open for Video of the Year from now through Wednesday, June 9. Check out a full list of the nominees here.

Sounds Like Nashville will have all of your coverage for the 2021 CMT Music Awards right here.