Ed Sheeran goes country with Luke Combs as new single ‘Life Goes On’ at 2023 ACM Awards

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Shortly after Luke Combs performed his own “Love You Anyway,” he was joined by Ed Sheeran on his latest solo duet, which appears on his new album. , (pronounced “subtract”)

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They can come from different styles, but Ed Sheeran And luke combs Looks great together.

on 58th academy of country music awards On Thursday, the British singer-songwriter performed his new song “Life Goes On” and was joined by country star — he was released after the show,

Right after Combs, 33, performed the hit “Love You Anyway” getting old album, the camera turned to Sheeran, 32, who played guitar and sang “Life Goes On,” which is featured on his new album , (pronounced “subtract”). In between acoustic vocals, Combs joined her to harmonize on the track.

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After the duet, Sheeran told co-host garth brooks that she and Combs have been friends for five years. They previously performed together in March 2022, when the “Forever After All” artist was joined on stage by the Grammy winner to perform “Dive” from his album. (pronounced “split”).

The “Forever After All” artist previously revealed the bobby bones show The pair previously used to hang out at Twin Peaks restaurant in Brentwood, Tennessee.

“Well, he hit me up, and it was like, ‘Hey,' you know it's like, ‘Let's hang out or whatever,' and that's where he hit me up,” Combs said in April 2022. Told.” It was like, ‘Okay.' So I'm on the way, and it's like me and my wife and stuff, and I was like, ‘Hey man, just checking, here we go.' He was like, ‘Yeah, yeah man, we're here, come on.' So I get over there, and it's like all of a sudden, man, people start coming up, starting coming up, and he says, ‘Dude, I'm really sorry, man. Nobody ever bothers me here, you know?'”

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Jason Kempin/Getty Nicole and Luke Combs

Jason Kempin/Getty Nicole and Luke Combs

Earlier this week, Sheeran opened up Board about his surprising love for country music and revealed that he's even considering dipping his toe into the genre.

“I talk to my wife about it [Cherry Seaborn] all the time. I will love for country transition,” the “Thinking Out Loud” musician said. “I love the culture of it, I just love the songwriting. It's just like great songs.”

Interviewed elsewhere, he praised his doubles partner: “Luke Combs could probably play in a stadium in . I think if he put on Wembley [Stadium] Next summer, he can sell it.”

In a backstage chat with the Academy of Country Music during rehearsals, Sheeran said that “Life Goes On” was written about “dealing with loss”.

He said he is a “massive fan” of country, and he and Seaborn play it “all day long” in their house.

Jason Kempin/Getty Ed Sheeran

Jason Kempin/Getty Ed Sheeran

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Sheeran said, “I've been in Nashville throughout 2013 and throughout 2018.” “It really made a lasting impression on me. I love country music, and I feel accepted here. It's great.”

The star also revealed her relationship with Brooks and her co-host Dolly Parton, revealing that she and her father John met the “Jolene” singer-songwriter at her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in November, whom she “loved.” A “really good moment.”

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Sheeran explained that Brooks' country classics are often covered by other artists in England, so he “unwittingly grew up listening to it.”

The 58th Academy of Country Music Awards will air live from The Star in Frisco, Texas at the Ford Center on Thursday, May 11 at 8pm ET/5pm PT and stream exclusively live on Prime Video.

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