Meanwhile, Allen, clad in a white denim jacket and a purple cowboy hat, was jamming out to the song on the stage at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe. But just after the chorus, Paisley entered from the side, shocking Jimmie and singing his verse, before coming together on the song's big chorus. "But time was better wasted/ We were summer young and livin' for a Friday/ And freedom was a highway," the pair crooned.
Before the show had even started, Allen had already won the 2021 ACM Award for new male artist of the year, making history as the first black artist to do so. The evening's events also included massive performances, from stars like Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, Eric Church & more.
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