2022 CMT Music Awards: (Watch) Thomas Rhett and Riley Green bring ’90s vibes to ‘Half of Me’

by Cindy Watts


Thomas Rhett and Riley Green transformed the Nashville Municipal Auditorium into a ’90s honkytonk with their duet on “Half of Me” at the 2022 CMT Music Awards on Monday night.

The men didn’t even bother to set up their gear on stage. They brought everyone close together on the floor with the group directly behind them. The impact was that the performance looked like it could have happened tonight at the CMT Awards or 30 years ago somewhere in Oklahoma. The screeching violin made the cavernous room feel like a Central American dance hall.

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The men in white t-shirts and jeans deliver the good old boy hook: “Half of me wants a cold beer | Yeah, the other half too.

Rhett co-wrote “Half of Me” with his father Rhett Akins along with Will Bundy and Josh Thompson. “Half of Me” is taken from Rhett’s new album “Where We Started”. The album also includes duets with Katy Perry, Russell Dickerson and Tyler Hubbard.

If you missed the performance the first time around, catch the extended cut of the CMT Music Awards at 8 p.m. ET on April 15 on CMT. The bonus version includes an additional 30 minutes of new performances and additional content.