Jon Pardi Says He’s Honored to Pay Tribute to Joe Diffie at the CMA Awards: “He’s One of My Favorites”

Jon Pardi Says He’s Honored to Pay Tribute to Joe Diffie at the CMA Awards: “He’s One of My Favorites”

Jon Pardi is looking forward to the 54th annual CMA Awards on Nov. 11 for a couple of reasons.

In addition to earning an Album of the Year nomination for Heartache Medication, Jon will take the stage to pay tribute to one of his favorite artists, Joe Diffie, who passed away in March due to COVID-19 complications. Joe scored a number of hits during the 1990s, including “John Deere Green,” “Pickup Man,” “Home” and more.

“He was a sweet guy, got to hang with him a couple of times, it was sad to hear [when he passed],” says Jon. “I will be happy to be waving the Joe Diffie flag and ’90s country at the CMA Awards. I’m excited. Just ready to go! Start rocking and pay tribute to Joe Diffie—he’s one of my favorites.”

The CMA Awards will air on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. CT on ABC.

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Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Congrats to Chris Young who is a 3-time CMA Award nominee this year.

His song “Famous Friends”, which he sings with Kane Brown, racked up nominations in the categories of Single, Musical Event, and Video of the Year.

Talking about his nominations, Chris says “I was blown away by the fact that there were three award nominations for the song. I mean, there’s so much that’s gone into it and so many people that have fallen in love with it and supported it and, you know, just having a hit with your friend in the first place is great with a song like “Famous Friends” with my buddy Kane Brown, but then to be nominated for three different CMA Awards, including Single of the Year. It’s just incredible.”

Chris, Kane and all the other nominees will learn if they’re taking home trophies, when the 55th Annual CMA Awards are handed out in Nashville on Wednesday November 10 – broadcasted live on ABC.

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