The Country Music Association Awards were in full swing when the evening’s most anticipated performance left the audience in awe.
Showing his Tennessee roots, Justin Timberlake took the stage with the heavily bearded artist Chris Stapleton — and much to everyone’s pleasure, owned the night with a stunning rendition of “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Drink You Away.”
Really, what could more epic than two brilliant singers crooning about booze with guitars in their hands? Needless to say, the band backed up the performers really well as they gave their best to make the moment spectacular.
“We had these nominations and thought we were gonna get, maybe, a slot to perform,” Stapleton told ABC News before the show. “So I called him up and asked him if he’d be interested in doing it and he was like, ‘Yeah man, I’m in. Just tell me when to show up.”
Stapleton took home awards for Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year.
Check out the incredible Timberlake-Stapleton performance in the video above.