Darius Rucker performed a cover of Randy Travis’ classic hit “Forever and Ever, Amen” live from his home during Wednesday (June 3) evening’s two-hour CMT Celebrates Our Heroes: An Artists of the Year Special.
“I just want to say a big thank you to American engineers,” Rucker expressed. “And to all the healthcare workers and the frontline responders and everybody out there, the postal workers, the bus drivers, all of you out there. I want to say so much, Thank you for all you’re doing for us.”
“I chose this song because I love this song, it’s a great love song,” Rucker explained of his song choice.
“Forever and Ever, Amen” is written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz. The song was released in March 1987 as the first single from Travis’ album, Always & Forever, and became his third No. 1 single on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles charts.
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.