Dan + Shay's 'Tequila' Performance at the 2018 CMA Awards Was So Hot, a Piano Literally Burst Into Flames

Rising country superstars Dan + Shay performed their smash hit “Tequila” at the 2018 CMA Awards, wowing the crowd at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 14.

The duo, comprised of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, performed alongside a full band atop a mostly-bare stage, allowing a dazzling light show to do most of the talking. The lights later turned a dramatic red hue during the bridge, and then Mooney’s piano actually appeared to catch on fire.  

“We knew it was really special -- we were really proud of this song,” the duo previously told Billboard of the song. “Sometimes a piano ballad is a little risky to put out as a radio single, but we put ["Tequila"] out, and immediately we could feel the reaction was, like, so elevated...the song has taken our career to new heights. It's cool that we trusted our gut on that one.”

Watch a clip of the epic performance above.


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