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Watch Little Big Town, Sugarland Cover Phil Collins’ ‘Take Me Home’ at 2024 CMT Awards

The groups also recorded a studio version of Collins’ 1985 hit

For the second time in their careers, Little Big Town and Sugarland have come together to interpret a 1985 pop hit. The country groups performed “Take Me Home,” off Phil Collins’ No Jacket Required album, onstage at the 2024 CMT Music Awards in Austin on Sunday. In 2008, LBT and Sugarland, along with Jake Owen, performed the Dream Academy’s hit “Life in a Northern Town” at the CMT Awards.

Onstage at the Moody Center, Little Big Town kicked off the performance with Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild taking the first lines as smoke, lights, and lasers swirled around the group. Then Sugarland made their appearance: Jennifer Nettles’ massive voice announced their presence, before Kristian Bush had his turn in the spotlight. In fact, all six vocalists — including LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman and Philip Sweet — had a solo moment.

Prior to their collaboration, the “Girl Crush” quartet announced the “Take Me Home” Tour with Sugarland. Titled after Collins’ song, the trek will kick off Oct. 24 in Greenville, South Carolina, and conclude Dec. 13 with a show in Nashville. Country trio the Castellows will open all dates.

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Little Big Town and Sugarland also released a studio version of “Take Me Home,” available to stream now. Tickets for the tour go on sale April 12.

Kelsea Ballerini hosted the 2024 CMT Awards, which handed out trophies to Carly Pearce, Jelly Roll, and Lainey Wilson. Other highlights included a tribute to Toby Keith, who died in February, by Sammy Hagar, Brooks & Dunn, and Wilson; a rousing performance by Keith Urban of “Straight Line”; and a debut performance of “Austin” by Dasha.

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