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There has been a lot of talk about how The 50th Annual CMA Awards would recognize their anniversary and how they would “make country music history” in the first eight minutes of the show as they had been mentioning in countless commercials. And while country fans buzzed about what exactly that performance could look like, never could we have imagined it would look and sound like this.

Be still our hearts.

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In an eight-minute performance, 12 country acts came together to perform a medley that took country music fans on a joyride of some of country music’s most wonderful songs on the Nov. 2 award show. From Vince Gill and Ben Haggard kicking it off with Merle Haggard’s hit “Mama Tried” to Alabama’s rendition of their chart-topper “Mountain Music” to Ricky Skaggs and CMA Awards host Brad Paisley delighting everyone with “Country Boy,” it was a performance for the ages.

And just as we thought our hearts could not take anymore, Randy Travis was then brought out to join the entire group to sing a portion of his biggest hit “Forever and Ever Amen.”

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It was a moment that made us love country music’s past as much as country music’s present and future, and it was a performance that we feel lucky we were there to enjoy.

What a beginning.

The Rare Country Awards honor the year’s best in country music as determined by Rare Country fans. These first-year awards celebrate the authenticity of country music and the undeniable connection between artists and their fans. Be sure to come back Nov. 15 to see the nominees and cast YOUR vote for the year’s best in country music at

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