The CMT Music Awards was held on Wednesday night (June 9), and one of the most standout performances of the night was delivered by H.E.R. and country singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton.
Teaming up for a rendition of H.E.R.'s emotional 2020 epic Hold On, the pair – wielding her fresh signature Stratocaster and a Gibson ES-335, respectively – appeared on the gloriously purple-lit stage, trading gorgeous vocal harmonies and stunning guitar licks throughout.
Taking to Instagram after news of the performance broke earlier this week, Stapleton posted a monochrome photo of the pair practicing, and wrote, “H.E.R. is without a doubt one of the greatest singer-songwriter/guitar players on the planet Earth. Fact.”
Stapleton's wife Morgane echoed Chris's words in a post of her own, writing, “Died and gone to heaven listening to these actual real life angels.”
Other artists to perform at the fan-voted country music award show included Kane Brown – who also hosted the event – Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs, Lauren Alaina and more.
While H.E.R. was not up for any awards herself, she has had a pretty successful year so far. At the Grammys back in March, the singer-songwriter bagged the Song of the Year award for her track I Can't Breathe, and the Oscars saw her win Best Original Song for Fight For You, taken from the 2021 drama film Judas and the Black Messiah.
The guitarist also performed a mesmerizing solo rendition of America the Beautiful at the Super Bowl 2021, following which searches for her signature Fender Strat doubled on Reverb.