Keith Urban began his performance at the 2020 CMA Awards by dedicating it to healthcare workers and others on the front lines fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic. Urban performed his most recent hit, “God Whispered Your Name.”
The performance featured Urban solo on stage sitting on a stool accompanied only by his acoustic guitar. Urban performed remotely, all the way from Australia where the artist hails from. Though he wasn’t in the building, the crowd in attendance still gave Urban a rousing ovation when he finished.
Urban was not the only star to shine tonight at the CMA Awards. Between the opening performance from Jason Aldean and friends and Justin Bieber joining Dan + Shay, the star power was through the roof. While Bieber would certainly not consider himself a ‘country music star,’ he is becoming more involved. The pop star found himself nominated for four ACM Awards in 2019 for his collaboration with Dan + Shay.
How About the CMA Hosts!
For five-time host Reba McEntire, we all had an idea of what we were going to get. On the other hand with Darius Rucker, who has never hosted before, he really put on quite the show. Many fans felt good about their chemistry going in, but their performance has exceeded expectations.
For a ceremony that had to dodge COVID 19 restrictions, the pair pulled off an entertaining, fun, and intimate show.
Another point that pleased many viewers was the representation of the hosts. In a genre that is historically whitewashed, many viewers found it refreshing to see a female and an African American emceeing the gig. McEntire is obviously a pioneer for females in the country music industry, just as Darius Rucker is for African Americans.
McEntire, alongside the likes of Dolly Parton and a few others, showed young women across the country that they too could follow their dreams. Likewise, Darius Rucker was one of the first and few black men to succeed in the country music industry. It was truly inspirational to see those two in particular running the show tonight.