Kane Brown admits he’s “super-excited, but super-nervous” to make his debut on the CMA Awards this Wednesday night, Nov. 8. Luckily, he won’t be onstage alone.

Kane is teaming up with country superstar and CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley for a collaboration on Brad’s latest hit, “Heaven South.” The two of them rehearsed the song together earlier in the week in preparation for the big day, and Kane had to adjust to performing for an empty arena.

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He says, “The rehearsals — they were different, just because there’s no people out in the crowd, so I can’t really energize. That’s what they were trying to get me to do so they could see how everything worked. But the song went great. I’m really excited just to be on the stage. It means a lot to me.”

Introducing Kane to the CMA Awards stage is a big thrill for Brad, who believes Kane has what it takes to go the distance in country music.

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“I get to bring someone out for their debut on the show that I have absolutely no doubt is a lifer — is somebody who will spend his life in country music,” Brad says of Kane. “This is someone who’s so talented. He’s setting the world on fire.”

In 2000, Brad made his CMA Awards debut performing with one of his own heroes, Ricky Skaggs. He’s now happy to pay it forward and do the same for Kane.

Brad adds, “To be able to usher someone new onto the stage that I believe so strongly in is really an honor.”

Tune in to see Kane and Brad’s big performance on “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” airing Wednesday night on ABC.

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