Mickey Guyton Teams Up with Alyssa Wray for ‘Black Like Me’ Performance on ‘American Idol’

GRAMMY-nominee Mickey Guyton made an appearance on the three-hour American Idol finale on Sunday (May 23) to perform her critically…


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May 23, 2021


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Mickey Guyton, Alyssa Wray; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless

GRAMMY-nominee Mickey Guyton made an appearance on the three-hour American Idol finale on Sunday (May 23) to perform her critically acclaimed single, “Black Like Me,” alongside former Idol contestant Alyssa Wray. 

Guyton and Wray delivered a goosebump-inducing duet and joined hands at the conclusion of the powerful performance. 

It was a full-circle moment for Guyton, who auditioned for the show when she was just 22 years old. Her run on the singing competition was cut short however, as she was cut just before the live shows. 

Click below to watch Guyton and Wray’s performance of “Black Like Me.” 

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The star-studded American Idol finale aired on ABC and also featured performances from Sheryl Crow, Chaka Khan, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton, Lindsey Buckingham, Fall Out Boy, Alessia Cara, Leona Lewis and Macklemore as well as the Idol judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.

Several contestants from the Top 24, including Graham DeFranco, Cassandra Coleman, Casey Bishop, DeShawn Goncalves, Hunter Metts, Phillip Murphy and more, returned to perform during the finale as well. 

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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.