Backed by a band and strings section, the guys hit every note perfectly. More than one audience member was caught dancing and mouthing the words, and the duo exchanged a sweet handshake when it was all over.
“It’s always nerve-racking when you come into rehearsal,” Smyers told CMT.com ahead of the performance, “And you see who’s going to be here, and you see all the big stars. It’s like, I need to forget that Chris Stapleton and Blake Shelton and all these superstars are gonna be watching it. I’ve got to keep cool.”
Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Backstreet Boys, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean, Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Little Big Town, Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton are all expected to take the stage as well — keep checking back at Billboard throughout the evening for full CMTs coverage.
Check out a clip of Dan + Shay performing “Tequila” at the CMT Awards below.