Chris Stapleton and Timberlake nailed the CMA performance of Tennessee Whiskey
Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake’s performance of “Tennessee Whiskey” at the 2015 CMA Awards was a standout moment for both artists and quickly became one of the most talked-about performances of the night. The pair showcased their incredible vocal abilities, with Stapleton’s soulful country twang perfectly complemented by Timberlake’s smooth R&B-infused voice.
The song itself is a classic country ballad, originally recorded by David Allan Coe in 1981. However, it wasn’t until Stapleton’s 2015 album “Traveller” that the song really found its audience. His stripped-down version, which puts his powerhouse vocals front and center, helped to bring the track back into the mainstream. When Timberlake joined him on stage for a duet at the CMA Awards, it was clear that the two had a special chemistry.
Their performance was a masterclass in vocal technique and stage presence. Stapleton’s gritty, emotional delivery was perfectly balanced by Timberlake’s smooth falsetto. The two played off each other effortlessly, building the energy throughout the song until it reached a fever pitch. The audience roared its approval, giving the duo a standing ovation as they wrapped up the performance.
In the years since the performance, “Tennessee Whiskey” has become a staple of both artists’ live shows. It’s a testament to the power of great music and the unique chemistry that can occur when two talented performers come together. Whether you’re a die-hard country fan or just appreciate great music, this performance is not one to be missed.