Tim McGraw delivered an emotional fireside performance of his latest single “I Called Mama” during Wednesday (June 3) evening’s two-hour CMT Celebrates Our Heroes: An Artists of the Year Special.
“I want to say thank you to all of our frontline workers, all the public facing workers out there who do everything they can to keep this Country going, who take care of people, who have a heart for service and who are resilient and relentless,” McGraw said. “You are the heroes of this Country and I’d like to play a song now that’s about one of my heroes, my Mom, who is my biggest hero.”
“I Called Mama,” which was written by Lance Miller, Marv Green and Jimmy Yeary and produced by McGraw and Byron Gallimore, was originally planned to be just an album cut for McGraw’s forthcoming project, however, with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting people everywhere, McGraw and his team shifted their plans.
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, 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.