Charley Pride Is Honored by Jimmie Allen, Who Performed with Him During His Final Performance

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Charley Pride, one of the most popular Black country singers of his era, died on Saturday after a battle with COVID-19. He was 86.

The iconic singer became the first Black artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as the first Black country artist to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. His last public performance was at the CMA Awards in Nashville on Nov. 11, where he sang “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’” with Jimmie Allen after accepting the CMA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Upon hearing the news of his death, Jimmie Allen paid tribute to Pride, who he had performed a duet of "Kiss an Angel Good Morning" with last month at the CMA Awards.

"Sometimes we will never understand why certain things happen," Allen posted on his Instagram Story. "Through the pain we fight to hold onto the memories that were made. Do I always agree with you things God allows to take place... hell no, but I trust through the pain of loss that he has a plan of healing and unity."

Allen also shared a video to Instagram about how is was feeling after having "lost a legend."

"Rest Is Love Mr Pride ✊🏽♠️," he captioned the post.

A number of country artists, including Maren Morris, Dolly Parton, Luke Combs, and Brad Paisley, also took to social media to express their condolences.

Morris expressed her condolences and said she hoped his death wasn't "a result of the CMAs being indoors."

"I don’t want to jump to conclusions because no family statement has been made, but if this was a result of the CMAs being indoors, we should all be outraged," she wrote. "Rest in power, Charley."

"F**k this year," she later wrote. Also tweeting, "Your voice. Your humility. The fact that the first time I ever visited the Opry, you were backstage holding court and I was trying not to eavesdrop."

"I’m so heartbroken that one of my dearest and oldest friends, Charley Pride, has passed away. It’s even worse to know that he passed away from COVID-19. What a horrible, horrible virus. Charley, we will always love you," she tweeted. "Rest In Peace. My love and thoughts go out to his family and all of his fans. - Dolly."

Jason Aldean posted a black-and-white photograph of Pride, writing, "Just learning of the passing of another one of our legends in Country Music. I can’t imagine what this man went through as a Black Country Music artist trying to break into this business, but what a career he had. I grew up such a fan of his music and his voice and he will be greatly missed by all of us. RIP Mr. Charley Pride."

Jimmie Allen shared a heartfelt note on his Instagram Story. "Sometimes we will never understand why certain things happen. Through the pain we fight to hold onto the memories that were made," he wrote. "Do I always agree with things God allows to take place .....hell no, but I trust through the pain of loss that he has a plan of healing and unity. Today is rough." 

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