CMA Awards 2016: Alan Jackson & George Strait Honor 50 Years of the CMAs

In a celebration of what co-host Carrie Underwood described as “50 years of CMAs history,” Alan Jackson and George Strait followed up their show-stopping 2013 CMA Awards performance (which served to honor George Jones) with another tribute, to the heroes of country music after a half-century of ceremonies.

Jackson kicked off the tribute with a somber performance of his classic “Remember When,” as giants of country’s past flashed behind him. Images of Jones and Johnny Cash were enough to conjure lumps in throats, and when Strait swaggered onstage to the sounds of “Troubadour,” there was dust in many a country fans’ eye.

Strait and Jackson combined for a mash-up of the two respective staples, and following the “Remember When”/“Troubadour” performance, the two legends pointed at each other out of respect. They were truly “two of the best we’ve got,” as Brad Paisley said in his introduction of the performance.

Watch a clip above.