Brothers Osborne and Dierks Bentley; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images/CMT
Brothers Osborne and Dierks Bentley; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images/CMT

Brothers Osborne & Dierks Bentley Team Up For “Lighten Up” Performance At 2021 CMT Music Awards

Brothers Osborne and Dierks Bentley joined forces for a one-of-a-kind performance at the 2021 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 9.

The duo and Bentley performed “Lighten Up,” live from the Bonnaroo Farm in Tennessee, a place that John Osborne recalls having “so many incredible memories” at.

“We’re performing the first song off of our most recent record, Skeletons,” John Osborne said ahead of their performance. “It’s called ‘Lighten Up’ and we’re doing it with one of our best friends on the planet Dierks Bentley and a few other guests. We’re beyond excited and we’re here at the Bonnaroo grounds.”

“Lighten Up” is the first song from Brothers Osborne’s latest record, Skeletons.

Co-hosted by superstars Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, the 2021 CMT Music Awards aired on Wednesday, June 9 and featured performances from Ballerini with Paul Klein from LANY and Brown with Chris Young.

Additionally, the two-hour event included collaborations from BRELAND and Mickey Guyton, H.E.R. and Chris Stapleton, Ingrid Andress and JP Saxe, Lady A with Carly Pearce and Lindsay Ell, Lauren Alaina and Jon Pardi, Mickey Guyton and Gladys Knight, Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall and NEEDTOBREATHE with Carrie Underwood.

Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett also performed while Blanco Brown, Dylan Scott, Hailey Whitters, Lainey Wilson, Niko Moon and Tenille Arts appeared on the Ram Trucks Side Stage.

Presenters included Anthony Mackie, Brett Young, Busy Philipps, Carly Pearce, Dylan Scott, Gladys Knight, Iliza Shlesinger, Little Big Town, Michael Strahan, Mickey Guyton, Restless Road, Tennessee Titans’ Taylor Lewan and Trace Adkins, as well as CMT Hot 20 Countdown hosts Cody Alan, Katie Cook and Ashley ShahAhmadi.

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