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When it comes time for country music awards shows to pay tribute to George Strait, there aren’t that many stars who are up to the challenge of performing one of Strait’s songs while he sits there in the audience and watches. That’s what Chris Stapleton had to do for “The 11th Annual ACM Honors,” which was shot in Nashville in August.

Chris was tasked with covering George’s 1993 top 10 hit, “When Did You Stop Loving Me,” which was a standout track on Strait’s “Pure Country” movie soundtrack. As you can see in this clip, Strait was right there in the front watching Stapleton sing it, too.


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Before the show taping, Chris admitted to feeling a little jittery about the big performance. He said, “It’s nerve-wracking in some ways, but also a huge honor to get asked.”

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We think you’ll agree that Chris did a fantastic job putting his stamp on that George Strait classic. In addition to Chris and a performance from George himself, “The 11th Annual ACM Honors” also includes songs from Thomas Rhett, Toby Keith, Kelsea Ballerini, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson.

“ACM Honors” airs September 15 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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