Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne and Ashley McBryde paid tribute to the late country music legend Charlie Daniels at the 2020 CMA Awards on Wednesday night, November 11.
Bentley performed an emotional cover of “Long Haired Country Boy.” He was then joined by Brothers Osborne for a lively rendition of “Trudy.” McBryde later joined for a fast-paced “Texas.”
Aldean wrapped the tribute performance with an amazing performance of classic “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
CMA musician of the year Jenee Fleenor was also scheduled to take the stage with group with her fiddle but had to drop due testing positive for COVID-19. Fleenor was replaced by Dan Hochhalter.
“I am thankfully feeling just fine, just bummed of course,” Fleenor tweeted.
Daniels died on July 6, 2020, at the age of 83 of a hemorrhagic stroke at Summit Medical Center in Nashville.
On the Hot Country Songs chart, Daniels charted 33 entries, with “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” marking his sole No. 1.
He was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame in 2002, the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
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