WATCH: Gabby Barrett Gives New Life To Chart-Topping Hit “The Good Ones” During CMT Artists Of The Year

CMT Artists of the Year honoree Gabby Barrett took the stage at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday evening for a performance of “The Good Ones” that fans won’t soon forget. Serving up a new take of her chart-topping single,…

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Posted on October 13, 2021

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CMT Artists of the Year honoree Gabby Barrett took the stage at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday evening for a performance of “The Good Ones” that fans won’t soon forget.

Serving up a new take of her chart-topping single, Barrett, donning a gorgeous white pants suit, was joined by her husband, Cade Foehner, and musicians as well as vocalists from Nashville-area universities. The moody rendition of “The Good Ones” gave new life to the beloved track, which Barrett co-wrote alongside Emily Landis, Jim McCormick and Zach Kale.

Ahead of the show, Barrett opened up about being honored as one of five CMT Artists of the Year and shared what it means to her to be included among the mix.

“It’s very heartwarming to be acknowledged by the country music community,” she gushed. “I wasn’t expecting so quickly to get so much love, which I appreciate so much from everybody just welcoming me with open arms, and it’s really exciting to be acknowledged with all of these humongous names in the category as well, so I’m just really excited.”

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2021 CMT Artists of the Year special aired live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The show honored Randy Travis with the highly-coveted Artist of a Lifetime title, Barrett, Chris Stapleton, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs as the 2021 Artists of the Year and Mickey Guyton with the Breakout Artist of the Year honor.

The 90-minute special, which aired on Wednesday, October 13 at 9/8c, also featured performances by Combs and more.

Additionally, the ceremony included several star-studded collaborations and tributes, including Boyz II Men with Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix honoring Stapleton, Brown paying homage to Travis, and Mickey Guyton performing “Remember Her Name” with Yola. Ballerini joined forces with the Jonas Brothers for a cover of a Joe Cocker hit.

Making his award show debut, Walker Hayes closed out the show with a performance of “Fancy Like.”

Eric Church, Lady A, Nelly, Connie Britton, Michael W. Smith, Copeland, Morgan Evans and CMT’s Cody Alan made special appearances as presenters throughout the evening as well.

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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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