Thomas Rhett shined through the darkness of the novel coronavirus pandemic with his performance of “Be A Light” live from his home in Nashville during Wednesday (June 3) evening’s two-hour CMT Celebrates Our Heroes: An Artists of the Year Special.
“I’ve been quarantining with my family here at my house in Nashville, and I just wanted to give a huge shoutout to both of my kids Teachers, who they had been on Zoom calls with two times a week with, trying to keep both of our kids brains engaged.” Rhett expressed prior to his performance. “Cause without them, I would be a terrible Teacher, so I’m super appreciative to them for helping our kids through this weird time.”
Rhett’s full even band joined him from their homes for the touching performance.
“I wrote ‘Be A Light’ last year as a way to process negativity and sadness I was seeing in the world,” the singer/songwriter shared in a statement upon the song’s release.
The recorded track features Rhett alongside country superstars Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban. Rhett co-wrote “Be A Light” alongside Josh Miller, Josh Thompson and Matt Dragstrem.
CMT Celebrates Our Heroes: An Artists of the Year Special recognized COVID-19 heroes in the following categories: Healthcare, Education, Business, Community Leaders, Food Industry, Infrastructure, First Responders, US Military, and more. The TV special was executive produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux, Switched On Entertainment’s John Hamlin and Amy Lin Johnson; the Executives in Charge of Production are Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino.
The show also included appearances from Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town Florida Georgia Line, Luke Combs, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Reba McEntire, Zac Brown, Brandi Carlile, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown and Lady Antebellum.
The star-studded event aired on CMT at 8 p.m. ET/PT with a three-network simulcast on Paramount Network, Pop TV and TV Land.
Viewers were encouraged to visit CMTOneCountry.com to find out how to give back to those who need it most and see how artists themselves are making an impact during this difficult time.