Vince Gill's daughter Jenny Gill explained to the audience at CMT GIANTS: Vince Gill this week what kind of man her dad is. She had an elementary school talent show, and the pair had been rehearsing to sing together; and the same night as her talent show, Gill got his first offer to play The Grand Ole Opry. He played the talent show instead.
That is one of Ricky Skaggs' favorite things about Gill – his dedication to his family.
"I love the fact that he's a devoted husband and devoted dad to his kids," Skaggs said. "If we get through the end of this life and we've had a big career and all and our kids are, you know, are on the outs with us, what have we done? I don't think he's going to have regrets and that kind of thing. He's buttoned all that stuff up, which was great."
Skaggs was one of the special guests at "CMT GIANTS: Vince Gill," an all-new 90-minute star-studded special celebrating Gill that will premiere 9 p.m./8 p.m. C Friday, Sept. 16 on CMT.
CMT will feature Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Emmylou Harris, Keith Urban, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Reba McEntire, Skaggs, Rodney Crowell and Sting in the special. The show will include an interview with Gill and his famous friends sharing their favorite stories about the man George Jones famously called "Sweet Pea."
Skaggs delivered a rousing bluegrass version of "One More Last Chance." Paisley opened the show with a tribute performance of "Liza Jane," showing his fleet-fingered guitar skills. Luke Combs delivered "Pretty Little Adriana," Wendy Moten got a standing ovation for "I Still Believe in You," Cody Johnson brought "When I Call Your Name," and Carrie Underwood tackled "Go Rest High on That Mountain."
"I feel like a lot of people are kind of just trying to make this night special," Underwood said.
Gill has a long history with CMT, including his collaboration with Sting for "CMT Crossroads" in 2011, and he appeared alongside Alison Krauss for the "CMT Cross Country" series in 2006. He recently lauded Reba McEntire at the 2019 "CMT Artists of the Year" with her "Artist of a Lifetime" honor.
"From his timeless song catalog, numerous awards and unmatched musicianship, to the respect and camaraderie cultivated among his fellow musicians, and of course, his signature sense of humor, we can all agree Vince is a true titan in country music," shared Margaret Comeaux, CMT's Senior Vice President of Production, Music & Events. "He is a true 'artist's artist' who has touched fans worldwide with his music and songwriting, and we couldn't be more thrilled to bestow him with our most esteemed 'CMT Giants' distinction."