Tim McGraw and Ne-Yo duet for surprise CMA performance

Nov 1, 2012 at 8:15 p.m. ET

The two singers got together Wednesday night for a special performance in advance of the CMA Awards, but that wasn't the first time they'd worked together.

Tim McGraw

Two unlikely partners got together Wednesday night for a special, surprise performance for a few lucky people. Tim McGraw and Ne-Yo sang two duets for a very lucky crowd of a few hundred people invited to a private CMA Awards pre-event.

"For me, I feel like in another life, I might've been a country artist," Ne-Yo told The Huffington Post after the performance.

McGraw is no stranger to artists in other genres. In 2004, he paired up with Nelly for the hit "Over and Over" and worked with Ne-Yo a few years ago to help write some songs. The CMA Awards this year are taking place in Nashville, and Ne-Yo already feels at home from that first visit.

"Faith Hill [McGraw's wife] actually made me fried chicken," Ne-Yo said. "She cooked fried chicken for me, and it was fantastic. I knew I was coming out here to write, so I was expecting to go to like a studio and hear some skeletal track and then just go from there. I went to Tim and Faith's house. It was me, Tim and a guy with a guitar in the living room as the kids ran around, and it was the greatest writing experience I've ever had in my life."

Ne-Yo can't stay for the CMA Awards event since he's in the middle of shooting a video, but he said McGraw and Hill have forever made the Music City feel like home.

"We're definitely going to do it again," he told The Huffington Post. "I met a lot of very important people in there. I met Tim's management and the Big Machine people, and just expect to see some more of this cross-pollination happening."

During the CMA Awards pre-show event, the two sang one song from each of their catalogs. They sang Tim McGraw's "Only Human," from the album Emotional Traffic, and Ne-Yo's "She Is," from his album R.E.D., which came out Nov. 6.

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