November 3, 2015


Justin Timberlake Performing at CMA Awards with Chris Stapleton

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Last time Justin Timberlake rocked a marquee duet, it was "History of Rap 6" with his buddy Jimmy Fallon. Now JT's going back to his Tennessee roots for the 2015 Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Timberlake's collaboration will be with 37-year-old songwriter-turned-solo-artist Chris Stapleton, whom he calls a "BADASS," all caps:

"The two have not announced what song they will perform but Timberlake has teased a possible country album for several years, which this performance could help him better introduce," Billboard reports.

Stapleton's May debut Traveller has him up for three awards at the CMA Awards—Album of the Year, New Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He spoke to Rolling Stone about his collabo:

"[Justin Timberlake] is obviously one of the greatest musical talents in the world, maybe ever, that we have. I called him up with no thought of him agreeing to it, and he was ready to start planning it right then. I said, 'Well, I think maybe we should wait, and if we get nominated they'll let me have [a slot].' He was so gracious and kind to want to do it and was so excited about it, and I'm excited about it. It'll be something I've never done before for sure. ... Some people might want to burn me at the stake for it, or burn him at the stake for it. Who knows? But we're going to have a good time."

The 2015 CMA Awards go down Nov. 4 at 8PM EST on ABC.