Country guitarist Chris Stapleton joins H.E.R. for a spellbinding performance of Hold On at the CMT Music Awards 2021

[L-R] H.E.R. and Chris Stapleton at the CMT Music Awards 2021
(Image credit: Erika Goldring/Getty Images for CMT)

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.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.