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Blake Shelton was expecting the Country Music Association to do something crazy to celebrate the upcoming 50th Annual CMA Awards, but he never imagined they’d pull off something as big as “Forever Country.”

Along with Blake, the all-star medley features appearances from Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Brooks & Dunn and many, many more stars. Blake said yes to the project from the very beginning.

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He says, “I really didn’t even ask what the song was. I just said, ‘Sure, I’d love to be a part of whatever you guys are doing.’ This is one of those things that you’re just honored to be in all of these other artists’ company and be a part of a project like this.”

Once he got to the studio, Blake found out “Forever Country” was a mashup of Willie’s “On the Road Again,” Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver.

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Blake says, “I was like, ‘What the? How is this gonna work? There’s no way these songs are going to work together!’ Should have known [producer] Shane McAnally is brilliant and came up with this really cool mashup.”

Before the “Forever Country” video premiered and racked up millions of views, Blake couldn’t contain his excitement about seeing how all the different artists’ individual parts fit together.

He says, “I think it’s one of these things that everybody’s gonna remember. And everybody’s gonna have a moment in this song, as listeners, or as artists as a part of it, that they really connect to. It’s crazy. It’s magical.”

Here’s hoping all of those artists are on hand to perform “Forever Country” live on the 50th Annual CMA Awards, coming up Wednesday, Nov. 2 on ABC.

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