'It has started a trend': Radio 2's Jeff Smith on the country-pop crossover phenomenon

Andre Paine

The increasing crossover appeal of country music is set to be highlighted during performances at this year’s CMAs.

Duets lined up include Pink and Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum with Halsey and Kacey Musgraves with Willie Nelson.

“This kind of collaboration fosters a more universal show that is less driven by singular format,” said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern.

Dan + Shay are performing at the ceremony, following their crossover hit with Justin Bieber, 10,000 Hours. It debuted at No.4 on the ...

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