When Jennifer Hudson and Chris Stapleton took the stage last night (11/10) at the CMA Awards to perform a tribute to Aretha Franklin, no one had any idea just how transcendent the performance would be.

As Hudson sang and Stapleton backed her up with vocals and guitar, the CMA camera flashed to the many country superstars in the audience, and they were standing up, dancing, and singing along. Miranda, Carrie, Maren, Kane, Keith and Nicole, were all loving it; Ashley McBryde looked like she was on the verge of tears.

Twitter lit up today with reactions to the powerful performance.

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