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Lady Antebellum and Halsey Deliver Haunting Performance at 2019 CMA Awards

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Written by Cillea Houghton
Lady Antebellum and Halsey Deliver Haunting Performance at 2019 CMA Awards
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 13: (L-R) Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Halsey, and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum 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,)

Lady Antebellum and Halsey united for a poignant medley of two of their hits at the 2019 CMA Awards.

The country trio and pop superstar delivered a mashup of the former’s “What If I Never Get Over You” and the latter’s “Graveyard.” Seated on stools on the Bridgestone Arena stage, the two acts brought a somber and reflective tone, beginning with “What If I Never Get Over You.” As Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott delivered the first verse and chorus with Dave Haywood on piano, they laid the foundation for the performance with their touching harmonies. Halsey followed their lead, taking over the second verse before all of their voices united, creating a haunting effect as they held the last “I’m trying,” note that led into Halsey’s “Graveyard.”

Lady A sounded like naturals on the pop hit that was layered with lines from “What If I Never Get Over You,” seeming to get lost in their own world on stage, the performance warranting them all a standing ovation.

Lady A and Halsey was one of many collaborations to take place during the show, with Brooks & Dunn teaming up with Brothers Osborne for “Brand New Man,” Kelsea Ballerini performing a cover of “Girl Crush” with Ashley McBryde, Runaway June, Maddie & Tae, Carly Pearce and more. The show opened with an all-star tribute to the women of country starring Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and several more female powerhouses.