HAIR and Chris Stapleton looked set to put on a show-stopping performance at the upcoming 2021 CMT Music Awards, as they joined forces for rehearsals the day before.
The 23-year-old singer and 43-year-old country music star posed for photos and walked through their duet for the show in the country music stronghold of Nashville, Tennessee.
Their upcoming performance will be the first time HER has performed at a country music awards ceremony.
Rocking out: HER, 23, and Chris Stapleton, 43, joined forces on Tuesday during rehearsals in Nashville ahead of Wednesday’s broadcast of the 2021 CMT Music Awards
Both performers opted for casual outfits for their rehearsal, although they might go a little flashier for the main show.
The singer-songwriter born Gabriella Wilson had diagonal white fringes running down her torso on a white top.
She added a touch of grunge rock style with heavily ripped acid wash jeans that hung loosely around her.
The style icon had her raven black locks pulled back into a long ponytail that reached all the way to her knees, and signature oversized black glasses.
No Fuss: HAIR shredded in a white blouse and ripped jeans, while Chris wore double denim with an 818 Tequila trucker hat from his superfan Kendall Jenner
Duet Partners: The artists have not released any previous duets, so viewers will need to tune in Wednesday night to see which song they will be performing
Chris paid tribute to his super fan Kendall Jenner by wearing a black and white trucker for her controversial tequila label 818.
He rocked double denim with a navy jacket over a black graphic tee and matching jeans.
The heavily bearded singer contrasted guitars with his duet partner. He appeared to be picking on a black Gibson semi-hollowbody guitar, while HER was shredding on an ice-blue Fender Stratocaster.
The two musicians don’t appear to have released a duet before, so viewers will have to wait until Wednesday night to find out what they’ll be singing.
Earlier in the day, HER shared a black and white photo of the two rehearsing together.
“One of the kindest and most INCREDIBLE voices on the planet @chrisstapleton!” she gushed before urging her fans to tune in.
Chris shared a variation of the photo on his own Instagram account and had nothing but glowing praise for his duet partner.
‘HER is without a doubt one of the greatest singer/songwriter/guitarists on the planet. Fact,” he captioned the photo.
Even Chris’ wife Morgane Stapleton couldn’t wait for the two to share the stage.
“Died and went to heaven listening to these real angels from real life,” she said.
Back for more: The 2021 CMT Music Awards will be held at his old Nashville home, with Kane Brown returning as co-host along with newcomer Kelsea Ballerini; seen together on May 12th
The 2021 CMT Music Awards will be held at his old Nashville home, with Kane Brown returning as a co-host after helping lead the ceremony last year.
This time he is joined by singer Kelsea Ballerini, who is making her debut as host of the country music show.
“Kelsea and Kane are two of the brightest, most sought-after stars in country music today and we are delighted to welcome them both as hosts of the 2021 CMT Music Awards,” the producers of the CMT Music Awards shared in a statement in May. . “This dynamic duo reflects the revitalized energy of the show as live music returns to center stage on a night of incredible outdoor performances, cross-genre collaborations and a few surprises!”
Both artists have been nominated for three awards each this year, so they may have to pause their hosting duties to pick up their trophies.
In a statement released after he was announced as one of the hosts, Brown recalled the “amazing feeling” he felt after winning his first country music award at the CMTs.
“The CMT Music Awards are special to me – it’s the first award I’ve won in the industry and it was a great feeling to be on that stage,” he said. “I love that the fans can make their voices heard as we celebrate the best in country music.”
Hosts and Nominees: Both artists have been nominated for three awards each this year. Kane recalled winning his first industry award at the ceremony last month in a statement
The co-hosts will both perform at the ceremony alongside appearances from country superstars Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert.
Last year’s ceremony had to be moved from its scheduled June date to October 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, although Wednesday night’s show will have more of a sense of normalcy as Covid-19 cases continued to dwindle and vaccination rates rose in the US. .
In addition to the standard array of country stars, the CMT Music Awards will be filled with artists not usually associated with country music.
John Legend scored a Video of the Year nomination for his duet Hallelujah with Carrie Underwood, while pop rocker Pink earned a Collaborative Video of the Year nomination for One Too Many, a duet with Keith Urban.
Country Stars: The co-hosts will both perform at the ceremony alongside appearances from country superstars Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert. Morris and Lambert lead the nominees with four nods each; Underwood seen in 2019
Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert lead the evening’s nominees with four nods each.
In addition to the two co-hosts, Mickey Guyton and Little Big Town are close behind with three nominations each. It’s especially impressive for Guyton, as this is the first year she’s been nominated at the CMT Music Awards.
The ceremony will have many stars on stage as Avengers star Anthony Mackie comes by to present, while Freaks And Geeks actress Busy Philipps will also be in attendance.
The show will air on Wednesday, June 9 at 8 p.m. EST and will be available to viewers on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT Australia, although viewers looking for a free viewing option online will be out of luck.
The show airs Wednesday, June 9 at 8 p.m. EST and will be available to viewers on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, and TV Land; Luke Bryan seen in October 2020