Lady Antebellum on the CMT stage with Zedd

Lady Antebellum on the CMT stage with Zedd

Lady Antebellum and Zedd kicked off the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday night with some genre-blending flair.The mashup between the two very different genres turned out to be a great fit, as one of the biggest acts in country and one of the hottest stars of in the world of electronica delivered a raucous performance that could lead to a whole new wave of cross-genre Country EDM.The country trio and the electronic dance music producer took the stage together at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for a mashup of Lady Antebellum’s “Long Stretch of Love” and Zedd‘s current single “Beautiful Now.”

“It’s different for us for sure,” Charles Kelley said on the CMT Music Awards pre-show.

“We’re always game for whatever!” added Hillary Scott, calling the performance “like a rave.”

As for working with Zedd, Dave Haywood had only glowing words, giving Zedd credit for making the mash-up “work in a really cool way.”