Fresh from his emotional induction into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame last month, Justin Timberlake performed a surprise duet with Album of the Year winner Chris Stapleton at Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night. The Memphis-born crooner and the Nashville bluegrass musician absolutely slayed.
The unlikely duo combined styles with Stapleton leading a cover of George Jones’ “Tennessee Whiskey” and closed with Timberlake’s “Drink You Away,” which absolutely brought down the house. JT and his falsetto showed up and showed out, proving why he’s one of the best performers of this generation.
The most anticipated performance of the night had the audience—country music stars included—on their feet during the entire eight-minute jam session. Keith Urban was even caught filming it with his cell phone.
Celebrities took to Twitter to gush over the electric performance:
Watch this epic performance below.