Country music singer Brad Paisley stepped away from his co-hosting duties during The 50th Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 2 to deliver a rousing rendition of his latest song, “Today,” as part of the show’s closing segment.

Now, generally we wait for Carrie Underwood to bring us the blow away ballad on Country Music’s Biggest Night, but it was Brad who brought tears to our eyes!

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Unlike the quirky and comical side that he’s known for, Brad was more sentimental. He sat at a grand piano with a guitar strapped around his neck and said to the audience, “We aren’t promised tomorrow. But, we are so blessed to be here right now. Don’t let this moment pass without realizing what we got to be a part of today.”

Then, he took center stage and began to croon his heartfelt lyrics while a montage of incredible images dating all the way back to the inception of the CMA’s danced on giant screens behind him. At the end of the performance, Brad removed his white cowboy hat and held it to his heart in memory of all of the moments that brought him to that point in time.

Although the returning co-host wasn’t up for any awards this year, it’s clear that his touching performance was a prizewinner.

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Prior to the his Oct. 6 release of “Today” Brad took to Twitter to share just how much the song meant to him. He wrote, “Today I’m releasing a song that means a lot to me. I hope it becomes a soundtrack for you, that you put it to video & use it in your lives.”

Watch the video above to see Brad’s emotional performance. Believe us, your heart will melt.

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Prepare to be mesmerized by Brad Paisley’s touching song at the CMA Awards CMA/ABC screenshot
Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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