Remember When Willie Nelson, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw & More Performed Together at the CMA Awards?

In 2012, the legendary Willie Nelson was honored at the 46th Annual CMA Awards with the first-ever Willie Nelson Lifetime…


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April 29, 2020


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Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

In 2012, the legendary Willie Nelson was honored at the 46th Annual CMA Awards with the first-ever Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. Named after the country icon, the award was first presented to Nelson and later to artists such as Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

According to the Country Music Association, the honor is presented to “an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in Country Music. The Award was established to recognize an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation at the highest level. The artist receiving this Award has positively impacted and contributed to the growth of the genre throughout a course of years that have proven to have an unprecedented historical impact on fans and industry alike.”

During the star-studded broadcast, Nelson’s outstanding career was celebrated with a star-studded tribute performance. The Texas-born singer/songwriter joined in on the performance to sing “On The Road Again” alongside country superstars Lady Antebellum, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Blake Shelton. As they performed the iconic song, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney and more watched and sang along from the audience.

The buzzed-about performance remains one of the CMA Awards’ most iconic moments over the years. Click above to re-live the star-studded performance of “On The Road Again.”

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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.