Many stars like Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Toby Keith showed up at the 2016 ACM Honors and performed a medley of Glen Campbell’s classic songs to honour the 80-year-old legend’s career, that lasted over the six decades. Glen is currently battling Alzheimer’s.
Blake said, “I’ve always been a fan of what I like to call guitarists, you know those guitar artists like Glen Campbell, who’s probably one of my biggest influences; those guys who knew a good song, had a great voice and played great and just the all-around guys with a guitar, you know! When you think of Glen Campbell, you think of, I think of ‘Galveston’, ‘Wichita Lineman,’ then I also think of him being a phenomenal guitar player.”
Since 2011, Campbell has been weak physically after he revealed his diagnosis for Alzheimer’s. Keith said the legendary country musician still looks 15 years younger than what he is.
“It’s just really sad to think that he’s in as great a shape as he is physically, except for that debilitating affliction. But, man! He was one of the greatest guitar players of all time, and I don’t think most people realize that. I think most people saw him on the Glen Campbell Good Time Hour and some movies, and they just thought he’s a singer that sings some pop country. But Glen was one of the greatest guitar players of all time too, and even when he couldn’t remember his songs he could still play them without remembering the words,” Keith said.
Bentley said, “I grew up in Arizona and Glen Campbell … spent a lot of time in the Arizona area. So he’s an inspiration for me in a lot of ways, and I love his music, so it’s just a huge, huge deal for me to get the chance to sing “Gentle My Mind” — part of the tribute tonight — with all those guys. It’s a real honor.”
While Urban said, “They’re amazing songs. Elegant, gorgeous, timeless songs,” Urban said before the show: “And it’s just gonna be a real moment tonight, with Glen being there, and his family.”