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The CMA Awards are known for their tradition of pairing country artists with stars from outside genres for memorable, unexpected performances. The 2019 show paired Nashville standbys Lady Antebellum with one of the pop game's heaviest hitters, Halsey.
The two-song suite began in Lady Antebellum's end, with Halsey assisting the trio on "What If I Never Get Over You" -- the lead single off the band's new album Ocean, which drops this Friday (Nov. 15). Vocalists Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley took the reins at first, with Halsey harmonizing on the first chorus, then taking some solo lines later on.
After finding strong chemistry on the Lady Antebellum single, Halsey took lead on the next track, a downtempo country version of her recent single "Graveyard." Contributing guitar as well as vocals, Halsey led the country trio and its backing band through a convincing version rendition.
Released back in September, "Graveyard" is expected to appear on Halsey's forthcoming 2020 album, Manic.
Meanwhile, Lady Antebellum were nominated for one award -- vocal group of the year -- at the 2019 CMAs, ultimately losing to Old Dominion.
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