Thomas Rhett cast teachers and educators in the spotlight with his performance of “Be a Light” on CMT Celebrates Our Heroes on Wednesday (June 3).
After a glowing introduction to the category by Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett followed suit by thanking his daughters Willa and Ada’s teachers who are educating them through social distance learning and “trying to keep both our kids’ brains engaged because without them, I would be a terrible teacher,” he chuckles. “So I’m super appreciative to them for helping our kids through this weird time.”
Rhett then launched into a performance of his uplifting song “Be a Light” that features Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Chris Tomlin. Shot in black and white with his band members performing their portions separately, Rhett sits poised in front of a black backdrop with a guitar in hand. The dimly lit room made way for Rhett’s voice to shine as he sang “In a world full of hate / Be a light / When you do somebody wrong / Make it right / Don’t hide in the dark / You were born to shine / In a world full of hate / Be a light,” while bright graphics of hearts and rays of light bouncing off the instruments danced around him.
CMT Celebrates Our Heroes serves as a tribute to the front line workers of the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of virtual performances by artists in the country music community. It stands in place of the CMT Artists of the Year event. Find out how you can help here.