Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
Luke Bryan has a fondness for unexpected moments at the CMA Awards, but it seems he may have let a little secret slip before the 2023 show. During a press conference alongside co-host Peyton Manning, Bryan expressed his excitement about the upcoming performances, particularly the one featuring Morgan Wallen, Hardy, and rapper Post Malone.
In his enthusiasm, Bryan inadvertently revealed that they would be performing a tribute to Joe Diffie. This revelation was unexpected since the CMA had officially described their performance as a medley of classic country hits, keeping the tribute to Diffie under wraps as a surprise for the show.
The decision to pay homage to Joe Diffie, a beloved ’90s country artist who passed away in 2020 from COVID-19 complications, is fitting. It’s a nod to a significant figure in country music, and it’s an unexpected twist for this lineup of stars.
While Joe Diffie has been honored in past award shows, this tribute is unique as it features a different lineup of stars. For Hardy, this tribute holds special significance, as one of the last songs to feature Diffie’s voice was “Redneck Tendencies,” a duet with Trace Adkins that appeared on Hardy’s Hixtape Vol. 1 in 2019.
Luke Bryan humorously acknowledged that he may have revealed something not yet public knowledge, prompting a lighthearted response. His signature humor and charm will be on display when he and Peyton Manning co-host the show. Both stars are prepared for playful banter and self-deprecating humor, emphasizing that the event is a celebration, and they don’t intend to upset or disappoint anyone. They anticipate that the majority of jokes will be aimed at them during the show.