Wednesday’s CMA Awards Night was going to be different. Luke Bryan was there and so was Blake Shelton. But the man who got the most out of the night was Chris Stapleton, that bearded guy who looked so out of place at the awards but won three awards one being Artist of the Year.
Long hair and bushy beards don’t win the Artist of the year awards. But this year was different at the CMA awards show. Chris Stapleton often maligned by the name “Grizzly Adams” first won the audiences ‘ hearts with a rendition of George Jones Classic’s “Tennessee Whiskey” alongside Justin Timberlake and then won the artist of the year award just like a boss.
Timberlake was so moved by the performance that he screamed “Lawd, have mercy!” in the microphone when the performance happened. Stapleton and Timberlake also slayed Timberlake’s song “Drink You Away,” before they took on Stapleton’s song “Traveller.” Timberlake was in a good mood the whole evening and hit the high note with such panache that the rest of the night’s ensemble was trapped with the idea of “having to follow that.”
Stapleton and Timberlake’s powerhouse performance literally brought down the house and even the country’s biggest artists were moved to acknowledge Stapleton’s presence in the music industry. Stapleton bagged two other awards besides the coveted “artist of the year.” He was also hailed as the male vocalist of the year and his album won the “album of the year” title.
Stapleton’s “Traveller” is becoming somewhat like a modern day classic. He knows how to add bluesy appeal to a song that is essentially western for the feel. This is just the spearhead of the revolution that is hitting the country music scene. The entire experience with the electric guitars and the drum playing was just plain electrifying and hard to forget.
Photo Source: Facebook / CMA Awards