In a genre-blending moment that was reminiscent of Stapleton’s breakthrough performance at the CMA Awards with Justin Timberlake back in 2015, the duo absolutely shredded on their respective guitars and blended their powerhouse vocals impeccably, with Chris’ rasp perfectly complementing H.E.R.’s smooth tone.
After absolutely crushing the song, the critically acclaimed pair bowed down to each other in a sweet “we’re not worthy” moment. CMT Awards hosts Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown even seemed flummoxed by how good the performance was, remaining speechless for a moment before introducing the next act.
H.E.R. debuted “Hold On” late last year, performing the song for the first time on Saturday Night Live in October.
Watch the full performance below:
— CMT (@CMT) June 10, 2021