On April 19, 2010, the longtime American country music duo Brooks & Dunn staged their “Last Rodeo,” a tribute concert for their two decades of being a duo in the industry. The event was held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The night was filled with laughter and talented voices as it reunited some of the most talented country music artists. Prior to the show, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn were counting down the days until their final performance together after 20 years.
Prominent stars in the country music industry joined to salute the duo that has had one of the most successful music careers. Stars like George Strait, Reba McEntire, Kenny Chesney, and Carrie Underwood surprised Brooks and Dunn with their renditions of their favorite hits. While some made the event as serious as possible, others like Faith Hill, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, and Brad Paisley relayed their fondest memories and played jokes on the duo.
Taylor Swift’s Performance
In addition to the pack of older artists, then budding country music artist and now pop star Taylor Swift also shared the stage with Brooks & Dunn. She expressed her heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the duo as they have become a part of Swift’s inspirations. Swift jokingly exclaimed:
“Twenty years. To me, that’s like a lifetime.”
Moreover, she even surprised the artists with a video imitating the 20-year-old sensation’s trademark head shake. As a response, Brooks, in laughter, told Swift:
“You had no idea how important that moment is because in 20 years that’s the first time I’ve ever seen him mess his hair up.”
The lady singer then took her guitar and rocked the duo’s 2001 hit, “Ain’t Nothin’ ‘Bout You” that surprised Dunn with her exhilarating performance. Headbanging while strumming her guitar, Swift left the audience especially Brooks & Dunn in awe. Indeed, it was a night of fun and talent dedicated to one of the most outstanding talents in country music.
WATCH: As a tribute to Brooks & Dunn, Taylor Swift rocks one of the duo’s hits, “Ain’t Nothin’ ‘Bout You,” onstage.
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