The most epic mashup in history has landed. Thirty, yes 30, past and present country music stars came together to create "Forever Country," a musical monument in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the CMA (Country Music Association) Awards—and the video totally leaves Taylor Swift's star-studded "Bad Blood" in the dust.
The song weaves together three iconic country songs (Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again," John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You") sung by familiar past CMA Award winners. Even exes Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert were willing to bury the hatchet to participate in the historic collaboration. The gaggle of beloved country crooners also includes Nelson and Parton themselves, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, lovebirds Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, the members of Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town, and more.
Lambert admitted to E! that it was hard for her to wrap her mind around the project when she first heard about it, and wondered: "How many people are on three songs? How long is it? It's not very long of time to fit a lot of things in." Luckily it was in good hands with Nashville producer, Shane McAnally.
"This is one of those things where you get the phone call ... and I really didn't even ask what the song was. I just said sure, I'd love to be a part of whatever you guys are doing," Shelton explained to E!. "It's one of those things where you're just honored to be in with accompanying artists."
Watch the music video for "Forever Country" above and tune into the 50th annual CMA Awards Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.