At the CMAs, hosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker performed a duet of “In The Ghetto” to honor the late singer-songwriter, Mac Davis.
The tribute had simple lighting and staging with the focus being on the one song itself. It starts with McEntire singing before Rucker then joins the duet.
Mac died on Sept. 29 one day after undergoing heart surgery. His wife, Lisa Davis, used his Instagram to thank both McEntire and Rucker.
Mac Davis’ Legacy
The late singer-songwriter’s accounts have not been used since his death, so the recent post from his wife marked the first in months.
“This touched me in ways you cannot imagine. Our unexpected loss of this incredible man has rocked our world but we continue to be lifted and inspired by who he was as a husband, a father, a son, a friend and also as a creator …”
Beyond just his impact as a country music staple, Lisa Davis’ post helped to showcase “he was a gift” in all other aspects of his life too.
The performance ends with a large projection of Mac Davis.
He died at 78. According to NPR, Davis’ songwriting work was recorded by dozens of artists including Nancy Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire, Tom Jones and Kenny Rogers.
Besides songwriting, he began his career as an artist in the ’70s with his “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me.”
In addition to Mac Davis, other country artists who passed away recently had tribute performances.
Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne and Ashley McBryde paid tribute to Charlie Daniels who passed in July. Little Big Town paid tribute to Kenny Rogers who died in March. Jon Pardi honored Joe Diffie who also died in March.