Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott was truly unprepared for the wonderful and moving surprise during one of Darius Rucker’s performances. After successfully convincing the ever-famous pop idol Adele to share a moment with him onstage, the duo did a high-strung cover of Need You Now. Need You Now happens to be the chart-topping single of the country band, Lady Antebellum.

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Creating a powerful mix of their powerful vocals and deep, sultry southern singing voices, the fierce number left Scott overflowing with tears of joy. In honor of country music’s biggest names, the 2010 CMT Artists of the Year Ceremony celebrates each of the artists’ annual accomplishments, hence, the powerful tribute. Although the addition of a British singer seemed a little random, truth be told, Adele harbors a deep connection with the Lady Antebellum song. She credits Need You Now as the inspiration behind her touching song, Don’t You Remember.

‘It’s got quite a country tinge to it. What gave me the courage to try to do that musically was Need You Now. You could not even change your radio station without it being played. You couldn’t escape it and, luckily, I loved it! The globally acclaimed singer laughs then adds, Or it would have been awful! But the feeling the song gave me, I was trying to channel it in my own song.

In other words, Need You Now served as Adele’s source for enabling the birth of a new approach to songwriting for her album, 21. It featured an emotional and relatable plot where exes are longing for a reconciliation with their previous partner. Adele then admitted her fondness for country music, mostly because it was a genre that did not go after trends and was not obnoxious in keeping up with the tides of time.

Witnessing how different artists are able to connect despite the difference in genres is so rare and beautiful at the same time. It definitely left all the guests inspired to appreciate other genres of music. Adele set the perfect example of venturing out of your comfort zone as an artist and find new inspiration from other talented individuals and groups who share the same passion as yours. On the other hand, Lady Antebellum was surely starstruck after the globally acclaimed English singer-songwriter honored their song with such a sentimental background.

All in all, this just proves that no matter how different we may be, music can always bring that common denominator that we all need and connect seemingly distant hearts and backgrounds. A simple chorus or melody can be shared mutually by people going through varying levels of suffering. A specific genre can close gaps and build more bridges, even between people of different social status. More importantly, music helps people reflect on their lives, on their thoughts, emotions and social interactions. It lets them find the best possible version of themselves and use the lyrics they feel strongly connected to the most as leverage for when they project the beauty within them to the world.