CMA Awards 2020: Jon Pardi To Honor Late Singer Joe Diffie

by Matthew Wilson

Jon Pardi will honor late singer Joe Diffie at the 2020 CMA Awards. Pardi will perform one of Diffie’s songs in tribute to the artist.

Pardi recently covered Diffie’s 1993 hit “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (If I Die)” on his EP Rancho Fiesta Sessions. In an Instagram post, Pardi reflected on Diffie’s legacy and confessed he’s been a fan of Diffie for years.

He wrote, “Bummer day today, Joe Diffie was such a nice guy and a great country singer. Been listening to Joe since the cassette tape days! Having some beers today for the pick up man. Condolences to his family, friends, band, and crew.”

In March 2020, Diffie died after contacting the COVID-19 virus. Diffie was 61-years-old. The singer leaves behind a decades-long career with hits like “Home,” “Pickup Man” and “John Deere Green.” Throughout his career, Diffie was nominated twice for CMA Awards and won Vocal Event of the Year in 1993. The awards ceremony will honor his legacy and contribution to the industry.

The CMA Awards Will Honor Several Late Country Singers

Diffie will be one of several late country singers the award ceremony honors. The CMA Awards will also be honoring the late Kenny Rogers who died in March and Charlie Daniels who passed away in July.

To kick off the ceremony, 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 Daniels’ most iconic song in honor of the late musician. Little Bigtown will perform a tribute in Rogers’ honor.

The awards ceremony will be held on Nov. 11. Darius Rucker and Reba McEntire will host the event.

[H/T: Taste of Country]