Here’s one thing we can say about Thomas Rhett— he isn’t scared. He’s not afraid to put out the music he wants to put out, he’s not afraid to dance in front of thousands and, he’s not afraid to perform collaborations with vocalists that he cannot compare to. And that’s not a knock on Rhett– he’s a great performer and songwriter, he’s not an out of this world vocalist though.
In the last year Rhett has released a song with Jordin Sparks, did an entire hour-long show with Nick Jonas on CMT’s “Crossroads” and most recently, he performed at the CMT Artists of the Year awards with pop star Zara Larsson.
Rhett and Larsson performed a mashup of their hit songs, “Die a Happy Man” and “Never Forget You” with a full band. And he knocked it out of the park.
Let’s also note, Rhett agreed to share the spotlight on a night when he was just one of five artists chosen to receive this award. That’s some humility, too. The other honorees performed solo, save Luke Bryan who sang his hit duet, “Home Alone Tonight” with Karen Fairchild.
To continue his humble streak, Rhett’s acceptance speech was basically an ode to everyone else in the room, “I’m honored to be here. All the artists that honored in this room did not get here by chance. They got here by taking chances. I could go around and talk about all of them and how they influenced me and how they influenced my shows and the way I write songs. I feel like they paved the way for me to do something that I do which is kind of weird and kind of different. I appreciate y’all embracing it and for making me one of the Artists of the Year.” He specifically called out Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. Of course, he also thanked his wife, who he wrote “Die A Happy Man” for and about.