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

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

Shortly after Luke Combs performed his own “Love You Anyway”, he joined Ed Sheeran to duet his latest single, which appears on his new album (pronounced “Subtract”)

Theo Wargo/Getty Images Ed Sheeran and Luke Combs

They may come from different genres, but Ed Sheeran and Luke Combs sound pretty good together.

At the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards on Thursday, the British singer-songwriter performed his new song “Life Goes On” and was joined by the country star for a duet version – which is out after the show.

Just after Combs, 33, performed his hit “Love You Anyway” To get old album, the camera turned to Sheeran, 32, who was playing guitar and singing “Life Goes On,” which features on his new album (pronounced “Subtract”). Halfway through the acoustic rendition, Combs joined in to harmonize on the track.

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After the duet, Sheeran told co-host Garth Brooks that he and Combs had been friends for five years. They previously performed together in March 2022, when the “Forever After All” singer was joined on stage by the Grammy winner to perform “Dive” from his album. ÷ (pronounced “Divide”).

The “Forever After All” singer once said The Bobby Bones Show that the couple first hung out at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Brentwood, Tennessee.

“Well, he hit me and said, ‘Hey,’ you know, it’s like, ‘Let’s get out or whatever,’ and that’s when he told me he was” , Combs said in April 2022. “And I was like, ‘Okay.’ So I’m on my way, and it’s like me and my wife and stuff, and I was like, ‘Hey man, I’m just checking, we’re going here.’ He was like, ‘Yeah, yeah man, we’re here, come on.’ So I go in there, and it’s like all of a sudden, man, people start coming, coming, coming, and he’s like, ‘Man, I’m really sorry, man. No one 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 to Billboard about his surprising love of country music and revealed he was even considering delving into the genre.

“I talk to my wife about it. [Cherry Seaborn] all the time. I would love to transition into country,” the “Thinking Out Loud” musician said. “I love his culture, I love the songwriting. It’s just like brilliant songs.”

Elsewhere during the interview, he praised his duet partner: “Luke Combs could probably play in a stadium in England. I think if he put Wembley [Stadium] next summer he could sell it.”

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

He went on to say that he was a “big fan” of country and that he and Seaborn played it at their house “all day”.

Jason Kempin/Getty Ed Sheeran

Jason Kempin/Getty Ed Sheeran

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“I lived in Nashville all of 2013 and all of 2018,” Sheeran said. “It really made a lasting impression on me. I love country music and I feel accepted here. It’s awesome.”

The star also revealed his ties to Brooks and his co-host Dolly Parton, explaining that he and his father John met singer-songwriter ‘Jolene’ during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in November. , which he called “a really cool moment.”

Sheeran explained that Brooks’ country classics are often covered by other artists in England, so he had “sort of inadvertently grown up listening to them”.

The 58th Academy of Country Music Awards aired live from The Star’s Ford Center in Frisco, Texas on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and streamed live exclusively on Prime Video.

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