Lainey Wilson Proves Her Reign as CMA Entertainer of the Year with Epic CMA Fest Performances

Wilson not only delivered a show-stopping solo performance, but she also joined special guests Terri Clark, Keith Urban and Jelly Roll for duets.

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Posted on June 25, 2024

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Lainey Wilson delivered standout collaborations with Terri Clark, Keith Urban and Jelly Roll, along with a show-stopping performance of “Hang Tight Honey” at 2024 CMA Fest, all of which showcased why she is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year.

Throughout the evening, Wilson joined or welcomed friends to the stage for epic performances.

Terri Clark And Lainey Wilson – “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me”

Wilson’s first guest appearance of the evening was with country music icon, Terri Clark, who joined the Louisiana native for a performance of “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me,” a duet that appears on Clark’s new duets project, Terri Clark: Take Two.

The pair were all smiles as they belted out the lyrics to the country hit. During the performance, not only did the pair blend their voices beautifully, but Wilson played the cowbell while Clark strummed the guitar.

Lainey Wilson, Terri Clark; Photo Courtesy of Andrew Wendowski
Lainey Wilson, Terri Clark; Photo Courtesy of Andrew Wendowski

Keith Urban Featuring Lainey Wilson – “GO HOME W U”

In the midst of Keith Urban’s high-energy set, he welcomed Lainey Wilson to the stage for a performance of their new collaboration, “GO HOME W U,” a song that was co-written by Urban alongside BRELAND, Sam Sumser and Sean Small.

Together, the pair of hitmakers delivered an electrifying performance and flawlessly blended their vocals for stunning vocal harmonies.

Keith Urban, Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Andrew Wendowski
Keith Urban, Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Andrew Wendowski

Jelly Roll And Lainey Wilson – “Save Me”

During Jelly Roll’s headlining set at Nissan Stadium during CMA Fest, he brought his friend Lainey Wilson out to join him for their chart-topping duet, “Save Me.” Jelly Roll kicked off the powerful performance by singing the opening verse before welcoming his “dear friend from Baskin, Louisiana” to the stage. The pair of chart-topping artists then flawlessly combined their distinctive vocals on the chorus in perfect harmony.

“I’m a lost cause / Baby, don’t waste your time on me / I’m so damaged beyond repair / Life has shattered my hopes and my dreams,” Jelly Roll and Wilson sang on the chorus.

Jelly Roll, Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Andrew Wendowski
Jelly Roll, Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Andrew Wendowski

Lainey Wilson – “Hang Tight Honey”

In addition to joining her friends Terri Clark, Keith Urban and Jelly Roll for duets, Lainey Wilson also proved her superstar status with a show-stopping performance of her latest release, “Hang Tight Honey.”

Donning blue bell bottoms, a matching blue vest and black leather cowboy hat, the country superstar stormed the stage with an energy-filled performance of “Hang Tight Honey.”

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“Hang Tight Honey” is set to appear on Lainey Wilson’s forthcoming new album, Whirlwind. The 14 track project is set to arrive on August 23 and will feature her highly-anticipated Miranda Lambert duet, “Good Horses,” as well as the already released tune “Country’s Cool Again” and upcoming new song, “4x4xU.”

“Writing & recording these 14 songs over the past couple of years has helped me stay grounded in ways you’d never believe,” Wilson previously in a press release. “This album brought me back to my roots and made me feel at home during times when I couldn’t have been further away, and my biggest hope is that it gives you that same sense of comfort that it has for me.”

Ahead of her performance, Lainey Wilson talked to the Country Music Association (CMA) about her whirlwind year. “This past year has been a whirlwind. I mean, that is the word that I keep using. That’s the word that I keep seeing. I keep hearing from other people, even strangers, just trying to keep one foot on the ground. It’s really kind of hard to wrap your head around everything that’s been happening. It’s one blessing after another, but we’ve been trying to zoom out as much as we possibly can to really see just how far we’ve come in a short amount of time. Don’t count the 13 years I’ve been here, but let’s talk about the last couple. It’s been crazy.”

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@Lainey Wilson talks her #Whirlwind year and teases her #CMAFest performance! 👀 Tune into CMA Fest tonight on ABC at 8/7c to see LaineyWilson’s epic performance and collaborations! 🔥

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2024 CMA Fest

Dubbed “the Music Event of Summer,” the televised concert special featured 30+ performances and surprise collaborations from some of Country music’s hottest stars, including Clint Black, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Terri Clark, Jordan Davis, Jackson Dean, Billy Gibbons, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Little Big Town, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ashley McBryde, Parker McCollum, Craig Morgan, Megan Moroney, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Post Malone, Shaboozey, Blake Shelton, Brittney Spencer, The War And Treaty, Thomas Rhett, Josh Turner, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson, Lainey Wilson and Bailey Zimmerman.

The CMA Fest ABC Special was filmed in Downtown Nashville at Nissan Stadium during the star-studded, four-day festival, which took place Thursday, June 6 through Sunday, June 9.

Co-hosted by Jelly Roll and Ashley McBryde, the three-hour CMA Fest special aired on ABC on Tuesday, June 25. The show will broadcast again on Wednesday, June 26 via Hulu.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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