CMA Awards: Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker Perform Touching Mac Davis Tribute

by Hunter Miller

CMA Awards hosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker paid tribute to late singer-songwriter Mac Davis at the 54th Annual awards ceremony. The two performed a moving rendition of the Davis-penned tune “In the Ghetto.”

With only themselves and their microphones on stage, Reba and Rucker joined together to sing the iconic song performed by Elvis Presley. Davis, who passed away earlier this year, wrote the tune back in the ’60s. It went on to become one of Elvis Presley’s signature hit songs.

During an appearance on “Live With Kelly and Ryan,” Rucker teased the performance expressing his excitement. “I’m lucky, I get to do something really special with Reba. We’ve got something that we’re really excited about — and, no, I can’t tell you [what it is],” he said.

Over the years, Presley and Davis forged a strong friendship. They went on to collaborate on a number of songs also including “A Little Less Conversation.” Davis become critically ill back in September during open-heart surgery and later passed away.

In addition to performing the song for the 54th Annual CMA Awards, Reba and Rucker recorded a duet version of “In the Ghetto” last month. The song is set to release at midnight on Wednesday following the awards, according to The Boot.

CMA Awards Special Musical Tributes

Reba and Rucker’s tribute marked one of several performances paying homage to late country music icons. To begin the show, Jason Aldean and others honored late country music legend Charlie Daniels. He performed “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” along with his band.

Other musical tributes from the night include Jon Pardi honoring Joe Diffie, who died on March 29. After the performance, Diffie’s wife was brought to her feet in a standing ovation for Pardi.

Furthermore, Little Big Town will be honoring “The Gambler” singer Kenny Rogers. The country legend died on March 20 of this year.