Performance: Billy Ray Cyrus, Cheap Trick

2016 CMT Music Awards Burn With Still The King Star and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Members

An Elvis Presley hit from 1956 proved to be a perfect choice for Billy Ray Cyrus‘ collaboration with Cheap Trick at the 2016 CMT Music Awards.

As Wednesday night’s (June 8) first performance on the Broadway stage in downtown Nashville, it was appropriate that Cyrus portrays an Elvis impersonator on CMT’s new series, Still The King, and that Cheap Trick had a Top 10 hit with “Don’t Be Cruel” in 1988.

Between Cyrus’ onstage swagger and Cheap Trick’s usual sledgehammer performance of their anthem, “Surrender,” it got the crowd into a festive mood as night fell in Music City.

Still The King airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.