Kane Brown Makes History with BET Awards Performance From The Ryman

Kane Brown became the first-ever country artist in BET history to debut a song on the BET Awards on Sunday…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 29, 2020


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Kane Brown; Photo by John Shearer

Kane Brown became the first-ever country artist in BET history to debut a song on the BET Awards on Sunday (June 28) when he took the stage at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for a socially-distanced performance of his poignant single, “Worldwide Beautiful.”

Brown debuted the song alongside Grammy-nominated gospel singer Jonathan McReynolds, who performed his hit song, “People.”

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Additionally, the collaborative performance made history as the first performance on the BET Awards to take place in Nashville, Tennessee.

Click above to watch Jonathan McReynolds sing “People” and Kane Brown perform “Worldwide Beautiful” from the 2020 BET Awards.

Co-written by Brown alongside Shy Carter, Ryan Hurd and Jordan Schmidt, “Worldwide Beautiful” shares a message of hope about the racial divide. Brown released the song in early June following the death of George Floyd and amid national protests for justice.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.