We hate to admit it, but, we've got a heart rush, and it ain't slowing down. Glam-rocker Adam Lambert and lilting songbird Leona Lewis flew to Nashville last night to perform an intoxicating cover of Little Big Town's Girl Crush at the 2015 CMT Artists of the Year ceremony. The band, who struck it big this year with their faux-controversial waltz (from 2014's Pain Killer), were honored as one of five superstar acts, along with Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and newcomer Sam Hunt.
Lambert and Lewis were certainly unlikely, but surprising (and rather refreshing), additions to the proceedings. The country music world has always dabbled in pop collaborations; most recently, R&B-pop singer Justin Timberlake stormed the CMA Awards to join accomplished singer and songwriter Chris Stapleton for a medley of Tennessee Whiskey and Drink You Away—the performance of the night. Lambert taking on the song's passionate hook "I've got a girl crush" assuredly, compellingly heightens the song with a more powerful meaning.
Also, legendary performer Kenny Rogers was given the Artist of a Lifetime win and Stapleton, who has co-written hits by Bryan, Josh Turner and more, nabbed the CMT Artists of the Year Breakout Award.
Meanwhile, both Lambert and Lewis are busy promoting their latest records, The Original High and I Am, respectively.
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