Brothers Osborne brought a powerful message of inclusivity to the 55th Annual CMA Awards.
The current CMA Vocal Duo Of The Year nominees performed their latest single, “Younger Me,” during the star-studded awards show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
“The fact that we get to play a song that is so meaningful, particularly to myself, at a country music award show, it’s one of those things that just kind of transcends the awards itself, money itself, fame,” TJ Osborne told Associated Press ahead of their performance.
Click above to watch Brothers Osborne’s “Younger Me” performance.
The four-time CMA Award-winning duo are nominated for three awards, including a first time nomination on the Album Of The Year category for Skeletons.
TJ Osborne penned the track as a message to his younger self.
“‘Younger Me’ was conceived as a message to my younger self and struggling with being different, not knowing where I was going,” TJ Osborne, who came out as gay in February, previously shared. “I’ve always wished I could speak to my younger self, give him a hug and show him who he’d become and what he’d achieve.”
The superstar duo first performed “Younger Me” on the steps of the Tennessee State Capitol building in Nashville during iHeartRadio’s Can’t Cancel Pride event earlier this year.
The 55th Annual CMA Awards also featured performances from Luke Combs, Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Jennifer Hudson, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band.
Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations by Chris Young and Kane Brown, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, Mickey Guyton, Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, BRELAND and HARDY.
Country singers Trace Adkins, Ingrid Andress, Kelsea Ballerini, Deana Carter, Russell Dickerson, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Lady A, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Lainey Wilson, and Trisha Yearwood were on hand to present during the ceremony.
Lauren Daigle, Faith Fennidy, Freddie Freeman, Amy Grant, Dulé Hill, Elle King, Zachary Levi, Hayley Orrantia, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Susan Sarandon, Saycon Sengbloh and Kurt Warner also made special appearances throughout the broadcast.
Hosted by Luke Bryan, the 2021 CMA Awards broadcasted live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 8/7c on ABC.