Cody Johnson Leads All-Star Cast In Awesome Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Medley At 2023 CMT Awards

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I have to hand it to ’em… this was a cool tribute.

Last night at the CMT Awards, Cody Johnson led an all-star cast consisting of Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Chuck Leavell and Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band), Paul Rodgers, Slash, as well as LeAnn Rimes and Wynonna Judd as “The Honkettes,” in an epic tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Honestly, I turned the show off after about 10 minutes, but from what I’ve seen and heard about it since, this was probably the only part worth watching anyways…

The performance honored the 50-year anniversary of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1973 debut album (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd), in addition to being a tribute to founding member and longtime guitarist Gary Rossington, who passed away last month.

And while I don’t know that I could’ve ever dreamed up such a lineup, they actually put on a helluva show, with CoJo taking over lead vocals and totally crushing it in the process.

He sounded awesome, and it was honestly really cool to see so many legends in their respective genres teaming up to pay tribute to one of my all-time favorite bands, singing hits “Simple Man” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”

I don’t think we’ll ever see this group on stage together again, but after seeing this, I wouldn’t be mad about it… they all honestly crushed it:

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