Chris Stapleton’s 2015 CMA Awards Special Guest Revealed: It’s Justin Timberlake
The two artists' chosen song has not been revealed, but Stapleton tells Rolling Stone Country that they "[have] always talked about finding a reason to do something together."
"Some people might want to burn me at the stake for it, or burn him at the stake for it," Stapleton adds. "... But we're going to have a good time."
Back in December, Timberlake sang Stapleton's praises on Twitter. The admiration goes both ways, with the country singer-songwriter calling the pop superstar "obviously one of the greatest musical talents in the world, maybe ever, that we have."
"I called him up with no thought of him agreeing to it, and he was ready to start planning it right then," Stapleton reveals, adding that this conversation occurred even before this year's list of nominees had been announced. "... He was so gracious and kind to want to do it and was so excited about it, and I'm excited about it. It'll be something I've never done before for sure."
Stapleton is nominated for Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the 2015 CMA Awards. Other performers at this year's awards show include Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, the Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt, Kenny Chesney, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Maddie & Tae, Kacey Musgraves, Eric Church and Hank Williams Jr., Thomas Rhett and Fall Out Boy, Keith Urban with John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley with electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling and Reba McEntire, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn.
The 2015 CMA Awards are scheduled to air live from Nashville on Nov. 4 at 8PM ET on ABC. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are co-hosting the event for the eighth year and will also each perform during the show.
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