Will Adele Make a Surprise Appearance at the CMA Awards To Duet with Chris Stapleton?

Fans believe that Adele will make a surprise appearance at the 2021 CMA Awards to sing “Easy On Me” with…


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November 8, 2021


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Fans believe that Adele will make a surprise appearance at the 2021 CMA Awards to sing “Easy On Me” with Chris Stapleton

As the anticipation for “Country Music’s Biggest Night” continues to build, social media users are convinced that Adele will perform with Stapleton. 

While nothing has been confirmed by the Country Music Association, longtime CMA Awards Executive Producer Robert Deaton teased a “really cool” unannounced moment that he believes will blow viewers away.  

“I mean, I do have a surprise,” Deaton said with a laugh at CMA Awards rehearsals. “But if I told you what the surprise was, then it wouldn’t be a surprise anymore.”

Deaton refused to give any more details but went on to say, “There should be a surprise that hopefully everybody is talking about for years to come.”

Rumors have been swirling on Twitter for several days in anticipation of the coveted awards show.

“@Adele and @ChrisStapleton are rumored to perform their duet version of “Easy On Me” at the 55th CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 10,” a Music News and Rumors account on Twitter shared on Nov. 2. 

The Twitter account also made a note that “this has not been confirmed quite yet, but rumors of their performance are swirling around the industry right now.”

Fans are comparing this possible surprise to Beyoncé’s special appearance at the 2016 CMA Awards when she joined The Chicks to perform “Daddy Lessons” during the 50th Annual CMA Awards. 

It was recently announced that Adele and Stapleton have joined forces for a reimagined version of “Easy On Me,” which will come in the form of a duet on the deluxe version of Adele’s upcoming album, 30, dropping on Nov. 19.

The deluxe version of 30, which will be available exclusively at Target, will include the original 12 songs as well as three additional tracks.

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This duet is a dream come true for fans, as well as Adele and Stapleton.

In a recent interview for Vogue’s “73 Questions” series, Adele spilled all the tea, revealing her dream duet partner to be Chris Stapleton. When the interview hit the internet, Stapleton was quick to respond on social media, possibly hinting that something was to come. 

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Stapleton, a current four-time CMA Awards nominee, previously made CMA Awards history when he was joined by Justin Timberlake for a performance of “Tennessee Whiskey” and Timberlake’s “Drink You Away” in 2015 at the 49th annual CMA Awards.

The 55th Annual CMA Awards will also feature performances from Jason Aldean and Carrie UnderwoodJimmie AllenGabby BarrettDierks Bentley feat. BRELAND and HARDYBrothers OsborneLuke BryanEric ChurchLuke CombsDan + ShayMickey Guyton featuring Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards, Jennifer Hudson, Miranda Lambert, Old DominionCarly Pearce and Ashley McBrydeThomas RhettBlake Shelton, Chris StapletonKeith UrbanChris Young and Kane Brown, and Zac Brown Band.

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Additionally, the star-studded awards ceremony will feature dozens of presenters, including Trace Adkins, Ingrid Andress, Kelsea Ballerini, Deana Carter, Lauren Daigle, Russell Dickerson, Faith Fennidy, Florida Georgia Line, Freddie Freeman, Amy Grant, Dulé Hill, Alan Jackson, Elle King, Lady A, Zachary Levi, Scotty McCreery, Hayley Orrantia, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Darius Rucker, Susan Sarandon, Saycon Sengbloh, Kurt Warner, Lainey Wilson, and Trisha Yearwood. 

Hosted by Luke Bryan, the star-studded show is set to broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 10 beginning 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 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.