WATCH: Kane Brown and Katelyn Brown’s CMT Music Awards Duet Has Fans Swooning

The couple shared a sweet kiss at the conclusion of their performance.

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Lauren Jo Black

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April 2, 2023

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Kane Brown and Katelyn Jae Brown perform onstage for the 2023 CMT Music Awards; Photo by Catherine Powell/Getty Images for CMT

CMT Awards co-host, Kane Brown took a break from his hosting duties to perform “Thank God” alongside his wife, Katelyn Brown. 

The beloved couple joined forces on an outdoor stage to deliver the television debut of the song. 

Sporting coordinating black ensembles the couple delivered a flawless performance of the chart-topping hit as they lovingly gazed into each other’s eyes. 

Kane Brown and Katelyn Jae Brown perform onstage for the 2023 CMT Music Awards; Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for CMT
Kane Brown and Katelyn Jae Brown perform onstage for the 2023 CMT Music Awards; Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for CMT

At the conclusion of their performance, Kane and Katelyn shared a sweet kiss as fans applauded from the crowd. 

Kane Brown and Katelyn Jae Brown perform onstage for the 2023 CMT Music Awards; Photo by Catherine Powell/Getty Images for CMT
Kane Brown and Katelyn Jae Brown perform onstage for the 2023 CMT Music Awards; Photo by Catherine Powell/Getty Images for CMT

“Thank God” was released in September as part of Brown’s latest album, Different Man. The romantic duet immediately resonated with fans and made a major impact upon its official release to country radio. 

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The No.1 song finds Kane and Katelyn professing their love for one another and admitting that they “Thank God” every single day for bringing them together. 

“So, thank God/ I get to wake up by your side and thank God/ Your hand fits perfectly in mine and thank God/ You loved me when you didn’t have to/ But you did and you do and He knew/ Thank God for giving me you/ Oh, yeah, thank God/ Thank God for giving me you,” they sing on the chorus.

“Thank God” was written by Josh Hoge, Jaxson Free, Kyle Fishman, Christian Davis, and Jared Mullins. 

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Kane previously shared how it ended up in his hands and how it ultimately became a duet with Katelyn. 

“So me and Kate have been trying to release a song for like five years now. And we kept getting songs coming in, we thought that you know, each of them was the song for us but it never felt right,” the superstar explained. “So my buddy Josh, that’s signed to my publishing deal, he sent me a song called Thank God and I listened to it and I fell in love with it. And then kept listened to it and kept listening to it. I was like, this could be a duet. So I asked Kate and Kate fell in love with the song and now it’s one of my favorite songs.”

Kane Brown and Katelyn Jae at the 2023 CMT Awards Photo: Getty Images for CMT Emma McIntyre
Kane Brown and Katelyn Jae at the 2023 CMT Awards Photo: Getty Images for CMT Emma McIntyre

Co-hosted by Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini, the 2023 CMT Music Awards featured performances from Blake Shelton, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Cody Johnson, Jelly Roll, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Lainey Wilson, and Tyler Hubbard. 

Additionally, the show included one-of-a-kind collaborations, including a 10th anniversary of CMT Next Women of Country celebration featuring Alanis Morissette with Lainey Wilson, Ingrid Andress, Madeline Edwards, and Morgan Wade. Gwen Stefani and Carly Pearce joined forces for a special collaboration, while Kane Brown and Katelyn Brown teamed up for the television premiere of their chart-topping duet, “Thank God.” 

The Black Crowes and Darius Rucker delivered a first-time collaboration of “She Talks To Angels,” and Wynonna Judd and Ashley McBryde will also take the stage together. 

Kane Brown; Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for CMT
Kane Brown; Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for CMT

The show also included a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan from Gary Clark, Jr. and a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute from Billy Gibbons, Chuck Leavell, Cody Johnson, Paul Rodgers, Slash & Warren Haynes and LeAnn Rimes & Wynonna Judd as honorary “Honkettes.”

Rising stars Avery Anna, Chapel Hart, Jackson Dean, Lily Rose, Nate Smith, and Megan Moroney made their CMT Music Awards performance debut on the Ram Trucks Side Stage.  

Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Charles Esten, Dixie D’Amelio, Dustin Lynch, HARDY, Ian Bohen + Jen Landon (Yellowstone), Jon Pardi, LeAnn Rimes, Madison Bailey (Outer Banks), Max Thieriot (Fire Country), Megan Thee Stallion, Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things), Parker McCollum, Peter Frampton, Shania Twain, Steve Howey (True Lies) and Travis Kelce appeared as presenters. 

The coveted awards show aired live from the Moody Center in Austin, Texas on Sunday, April 2 at 8/7c on CBS. It was also available to stream live and on-demand via Paramount+. 

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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.