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Morgan Wallen and Hardy Join Post Malone for Lively Joe Diffie Tribute at 2023 CMA Awards
During the 2023 CMA Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 8), Morgan Wallen and Hardy teamed up with Post Malone for a lively tribute to the late Joe Diffie. The energetic performance kicked off with Hardy and Wallen, who started the festivities with a spirited rendition of “John Deere Green.” Notably, Hardy showcased a new hairstyle with freshly straightened hair, while Wallen, who had shaved his head earlier in the year, was seen letting his hair grow out.
Interrupting their performance midway, Morgan Wallen and Hardy welcomed Post Malone to the stage, shifting gears to pay homage to another one of Joe Diffie’s greatest hits, “Pickup Man.” The audience responded with cheers and enthusiastic singing along, adding to the vibrant tribute at the 2023 CMA Awards.
Adding to the significance of the tribute, Joe Diffie’s son, Parker, was present for the performance. Joe Diffie, a country music icon, passed away in March 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, marking one of the early losses in the country music community.
The tribute performance stood out as a highlight of the annual awards show, held at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville and broadcast live on ABC on Wednesday night. Co-hosted for the second consecutive year by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, the 2023 CMA Awards will also be available for streaming on Hulu.