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This year’s CMA Awards will offer quite a few fun moments, but there will be some somber performances as the country community continues to grapple with the aftermath of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Fifty-eight country music fans were killed and hundreds more were injured when a gunman opened fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct 1.


Lady Antebellum is taking part in a CMA Awards tribute to those who we lost in that attack. They’re not revealing which song they’re singing, but Lady A’s Charles Kelley says, “It’s definitely gonna be a song that [the fans] all know — a song that is definitely, with [band mate] Dave [Haywood] and I, something we grew up kind of cutting our teeth on.”

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Lady Antebellum feels the responsibility to set the right tone for the tribute performance.

“The reason we’re singing it is something that’s very important,” Charles says. “It’s definitely a bit of a tribute to the shooting in Vegas and to all those fans that lost their lives. Kind of a song of unity to help us all grieve this and heal this.”

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Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will be emceeing the CMA Awards for the 10th year in a row. The show airs live from Nashville Wednesday night, Nov. 8, on ABC.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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