Artistry and interpretation was at its finest at the 2020 All For the Hall event benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The annual concert took over Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Monday (Feb. 10) with an all-star lineup featuring Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton and many more.
Hosted by Keith Urban, proceeds from the event go toward the Country Music Hall of Fame and its programs that provide children around the country with access to music education. Urban was a triple threat all night as a performer, emcee and band leader for the many acts that took the stage. In honor of the night’s theme, Under the Influence, the stars demonstrated the musicianship that makes up the fabric of Nashville as they delivered stellar versions of their own songs alongside powerhouse covers of the artists who have influenced their careers. Here are five stand-out artistic moments that took place during 2020 All For the Hall.
Brothers Osborne tear it up with Keith Urban
The duo of John and TJ Osborne arguably delivered the best set of the night with their unbeatable combination of a Merle Haggard hit along with one of their own. TJ promised some “old country music” when they emerged on stage, and they immediately delivered with a noble cover of Haggard’s “The Bottle Let Me Down.” What came next was the most electrifying moment of the night, as the duo lit up Bridgestone with “It Ain’t My Fault” that featured a guitar battle initially between the brothers before Urban was inspired to jump in, making for a match made in music heaven. After the several minute interlude, the duo brought the song to a fiery finish with everyone’s hands in the air clapping along to the feverish beat, leaving the audience in awe as they exited to a standing ovation.
Ingrid Andress covers John Denver
Andress already proved why she’s one of the most buzzed about new acts in Music City with a beautiful performance of the piano-led tear-jerker “More Hearts Than Mine,” which she followed with an equally captivating cover of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” Andress prefaced the number by sharing that Denver is the one who taught her that she was a fan of country music as she listened to his growing up, and her gorgeous rendition of the classic hit not only showed off her soulfulness and vocal range, but prompted the packed house to sing mellifluously along with her, making for one of the brightest moments of the night.
Lauren Daigle is spell binding with “Killing Me Softly”
Grammy Award winning Christian singer Daigle is perhaps one of the best vocalists in music currently, and she brought her talents to the Bridgestone stage in the form of her crossover hit “You Say” and a stunning cover of “Killing Me Softly.” She was a diamond in the rough with her rendition of the latter song that sent a chill down one’s spine as her voice rose to the rafters. She added even more soul to her set by commending the spirit of All For the Hall, saying she was honored to be a part of an event that carries deeper meaning. “When that permeates to the life of a child, that means something,” she praised of All For the Hall’s impact.
Chris and Morgane Stapleton
All Urban had to do was say their names and the crowd instantly rose to its feet as Chris and Morgane Stapleton made their way to the stage. With merely his guitar, his wife’s beautiful vocals and his own stirring voice, Stapleton kept the audience mesmerized and standing for the duration of his set as he delivered one of his signature hits, “Millionaire,” and a Willie Nelson cover. Calling Nelson “one of the biggest influences of my life,” Stapleton recalled how Nelson’s music was often the soundtrack as he and his father would drive around town, offering a mystifying performance of the reverent “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground.” “I’m feet away from a modern legend,” Urban remarked as the couple left the stage after the gentle, but moving performance.
Tanya Tucker delivers medley of heroes
Knowing how to engage a crowd, the spitfire that is Tanya Tucker was one of the final performers of the night. The 61-year-od legend offered up a four-song medley honoring the greats that came before her, beginning with a husky cover of George Jones’ “The Grand Tour,” followed by a heartfelt rendition of Loretta Lynn’s “Blue Kentucky Girl.” She brought out her trademark sass and hip swiveling for Haggard’s “Workin’ Man Blues” before rounding out the mashup with a respectable cover of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man.” But Tucker didn’t leave the stage without offering a powerful performance of her own beloved hit, “Bring My Flowers Now.” The country icon made the arena feel like an intimate living room with her poignant delivery that clearly struck a chord with the thousands of fans as a hush fell over the room, making for one of the most memorable performances of the night.
In total, All For the Hall has raised more than $3 million for the Country Music Hall of Fame.