Re-Live Gabby Barrett’s Angelic Performance of ‘The Good Ones’ from the 2021 CMA Awards

Gabby Barrett returned to the CMA Awards stage for the second consecutive year on Wednesday (Nov. 10). After being introduced…


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November 10, 2021


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Gabby Barrett returned to the CMA Awards stage for the second consecutive year on Wednesday (Nov. 10).

After being introduced by American Idol judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, Barrett was joined by husband Cade Foehner, the country superstar and Pennsylvania native served up a new take of her chart-topping single, “The Good Ones,” live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. 

The new rendition of “The Good Ones” gave new life to the beloved track alongside an orchestra, which Barrett co-wrote alongside Emily Landis, Jim McCormick and Zach Kale.

Ahead of her performance, Barrett admitted that it’s “a little nerve-racking” performing on such a big stage in front of some of her musical idols.

“Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton and like all of the people that I have looked up to and have heard my entire life are sitting, staring in front of me, listening to every word that comes out of my mouth,” Barrett, who is the most-nominated female at the CMA Awards, told Taste Of Country.

Barrett has four nominations at the coveted awards ceremony, including Female Vocalist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and Song of the Year for “The Good Ones.”

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The 55th Annual CMA Awards also featured performances from Luke Combs, Jimmie Allen, Brothers Osborne, 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.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.