Luke Bryan kicked off the 2018 Country Music Association awards on Wednesday (Nov. 14) with a guest-heavy efficiency of "What Makes You Country," the title monitor from his chart-topping 2017 album.
Following a Garth Brooks-led tribute to the slain victims of the taking pictures on the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Bryan took heart stage together with his guitar to launch into his newest nation anthem. Over the course of the efficiency, he was joined by a powerful collection of co-stars, together with Lindsay Ell and Ashley McBryde on guitar, Chris Janson on harmonica, and Luke Combs, Jon Pardi and Cole Swindell serving to out on vocals.
This makes the second 12 months in a row that the CMA Awards received underway with an All-Star efficiency, following a tribute to victims of a tragic taking pictures. In 2017, Eric Church started the ceremonies with a efficiency of "Amazing Grace" in honor of the victims of the assault on the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, which led right into a Darius Rocker-fronted, star-studded efficiency of Hootie & the Blowfish's '90s basic "Hold My Hand."
Watch the efficiency under.