Reba, Randy Travis, & Vince Gill Sing With Air Force Choir At 1990 CMA Awards

Reba, Randy Travis, & Vince Gill Sing With Air Force Choir At 1990 CMA Awards | Classic Country Music | Legendary Stories and Songs Videos

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A Superstar Patriotic Tribute At The 24th CMA Awards

The 24th CMA Awards were held on October 8, 1990 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee. Reba McEntire and Randy Travis served as the hosts.

George Strait was the big winner of the night, as he took home the trophy for Entertainer of the Year. It was the second year in a row that Strait was named the Entertainer of the Year.

After Strait received his trophy, McEntire took to the stage to set up the closing performance. She enthusiastically introduced some special guests…the members of the U.S. Air Force Cadet Choir.

The choir members started singing while walking down the aisles. The audience rose to their feet as a sign of respect as the choir made their way onstage and took their positions.

Photo of the Air Force Cadet Choir at the 1990 CMA Awards
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Iconic Country Stars Join In Singing Ode To America

The choir’s entrance kicked off a superstar patriotic medley. After they settled onstage, McEntire reappeared to sing “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” along with them.

Then, Travis appeared onstage and started singing “God Bless America.” He was soon joined by another country superstar, Vince Gill. McEntire jumped in at that point and sang with Gill in harmony.

From there, The Judds walked onstage hand-in-hand while switching back to singing “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.” One final guest joined the choir and the other singers onstage…Lee Greenwood. Of course, he performed a portion of his beloved patriotic tune, “God Bless the U.S.A.”


The performance came to a stunning conclusion as all of the singers and the choir performed the last few lyrics in unison. Talk about a chill-inducing moment!

Watch the stars of the 1990 CMA Awards perform their outstanding tribute to America with the Air Force Choir in the video below.

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