CMA Awards 2020: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, and More To Kick off Show with Charlie Daniels Tribute

by Matthew Wilson
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The 54th CMA Awards will honor the legacy of Charlie Daniels and his contribution to country music with a tribute. The musician and fiddler passed away in July 2020 after a stroke.

Several musicians will take the stage to perform a rendition of Daniels’ iconic hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

 Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Ashley McBryde, Brothers Osborne, and fiddle player Jenee Fleenor plan to perform the hit that helped make Daniels’ a household name. The song will open the awards ceremony.

Throughout his career, Daniels won four CMA Awards. He won Instrumentalist of the Year in 1979. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” remains Daniels’ most popular song. Upon release, the song went multiplatinum and even crossed over into the pop genre on the charts. The song earned Daniels both a CMA Award for Best Single of the Year and a Grammy Award.

Since his death, several musicians have honored Daniels and his legacy. Most recently, Daniels’ band members placed both Tennessee and United States flags over the musician’s grave a few days after his birthday.

The CMA Awards Will Take Place on Nov. 11

After being delayed four months, the CMA Awards will take place on Nov. 11. Darius Rucker and Reba McEntire will host the event. This will be the fifth time McEntire has hosted the event and Rucker’s first.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring all of these incredible performances to life next Wednesday night. And give our artists the chance to come together, in a big way, on television for the first time in months,” said Robert Deaton, CMA Awards Executive Producer, in a press release.

Deaton also said the organization has implemented social distancing protocols to keep both performers and audiences safe. Organizer set up the stage to resemble the first CMA Awards in 1967 as well.

“We are honored, in this very challenging time, to help provide an escape and deliver a live awards show experience unlike any other this year,” he added.

[H/T: The Tennessean]

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