The CMA Awards have seen some very outrageous and memorable moments. From burning winning envelopes, to wardrobe malfunctions, to statements being made on stage. One of those memorable moments happened in 1999. Earlier in the year, George Jones scored a huge hit with Choices. The Country Music Association wanted “The Possum” to sing the song, but only a small portion of it during the ceremony. Jones wanted to perform the entire song and wouldn’t back down. Instead of performing, Jones stayed home in protest.
Enter Alan Jackson who was scheduled to perform his hit Pop-A-Top (a cover of the Jim Ed Brown classic). In a loud statement of defiance of the CMA and respect for Jones, he had his band stop in the middle of his performance and transition to Jones’ song. Afterwards, Jackson left the ceremony and went home while Nashville cheered. The show de force brought Jones and his wife, Nancy to tears. They never forgot it and we haven’t either.
Relive the moment below: