Little Big Town honors CMA Award winner Glen Campbell with this breathtaking tribute Getty Images/Rick Diamond
Getty Images/Rick Diamond

Glen Campbell passed away earlier this year after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, but his musical legacy lives on thanks to his timeless music. On this year’s CMA Awards, Little Big Town paid tribute to Glen with a breathtaking cover of his classic hit, “Wichita Lineman.” It was a real showstopper in a night that had many poignant moments.

On top of the tribute, Glen was also posthumously honored with a CMA Award in the Musical Event category for his duet with Willie Nelson on “Funny How Time Slips Away.” We caught up with Glen’s wife, Kim, and his daughter, Ashley, on the red carpet to see what Glen would have thought of this big honor.

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Kim tells Rare Country, “He would have been delighted beyond words. These are all his favorite songs. He loved Willie Nelson. So, to win with him would have just made him giddy.”

The Willie duet was included on Glen’s final album, “Adios,” which was released this year. He recorded the songs on that project about five years ago while already battling Alzheimer’s.

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“He enjoyed every minute being in the recording studio,” Kim recalls. “He had middle stage dementia when he recorded the album, but music stays with you so long. It was so much a part of him and in his soul. These songs were so deeply embedded, it was just a euphoric joy for him to be singing them.”

Of note, Kim is using her experience as Glen’s caretaker to offer resources to other people who are helping a loved one facing Alzheimer’s disease. For more information, check out her website,

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