Dierks Bentley, BRELAND and HARDY brought the Broadway honky-tonk vibes to the 55th Annual CMA Awards.
The star-studded trio of country singers performed their collaborative hit, “Beers On Me,” beneath the buzz of neon lights, live from Bridgestone Arena in Downtown Nashville.
“Come on down / Swing on by / Bring whatever’s been on your mind / Locals on tap / And bottles on ice / Livin’ on feel good standard time / My card’s on the bar / You got nowhere to be / If you don’t come through / Buddy, that’s on you / ‘Cause the beer’s on me / Yeah, the beer’s on me,” they sing on the chorus.
“Beers On Me” was co-written by Ashley Gorley, Luke Dick, Ross Copperman, BRELAND, HARDY and Bentley, who also produced the track with Copperman.
“HARDY threw out this title and I remember immediately thinking, ‘I wish I could buy all my fans a beer.’ After the year we’ve all had, it would be nice to get the first round and say, ‘Hey, we all got some problems, but we’re going to forget about them for a little while… the beers are on me,’” Bentley previously explained of the track. “I came back to Nashville to record the song and came across an article about BRELAND in the Nashville Scene. I got his number and he came in the next day and wrote and sang the third verse. It was truly an organic collaboration and I couldn’t be more proud to have him and HARDY on this song with me.”
"Come on down, swing on by" the #CMAawards RIGHT NOW! @DierksBentley, @Breland & @HardyMusic are lighting up the stage with their performance of "Beers On Me" on @ABCNetwork. 🍻 pic.twitter.com/acJqzit2DR
— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) November 11, 2021
The 55th Annual CMA Awards also featured performances from Luke Combs, Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Jennifer Hudson, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band.
Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations by Chris Young and Kane Brown, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, Mickey Guyton, Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards, as well as Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood.
Country singers Trace Adkins, Ingrid Andress, Kelsea Ballerini, Deana Carter, Russell Dickerson, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Lady A, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Lainey Wilson, and Trisha Yearwood were on hand to present during the ceremony.
Lauren Daigle, Faith Fennidy, Freddie Freeman, Amy Grant, Dulé Hill, Elle King, Zachary Levi, Hayley Orrantia, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Susan Sarandon, Saycon Sengbloh and Kurt Warner also made special appearances throughout the broadcast.
Hosted by Luke Bryan, the 2021 CMA Awards broadcasted live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 8/7c on ABC.