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Post Malone’s Shocking ‘Ramblin’ Man’ Duet With Reba McEntire at ACM Awards Leaves Fans in a Frenzy

You can’t confine Post Malone to just one genre. Earlier this year, he joined pop superstar Taylor Swift on “Fortnight,” the first single from her record-breaking album. The Department of Tortured Poets. Known primarily for his catchy trap-hop hooks, the 28-year-old New Yorker has long hinted at his desire to wade into the waters of country music. Recently, however, rapper “White Iverson” dove in headfirst with “Pickup Man” for HARDY’s tribute to Joe Diffie. Additionally, his April Stagecoach set was a tribute to ’90s country. The hitmaker notably covered George Strait’s “Check Yes or No” and Tim McGraw’s “Don’t Take the Girl.” Thursday, May 16, Post Malone made his genre leap official with a performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

“He’s going home”

Post Malone took the stage at the Star’s Ford Center in Frisco, Texas, in a Dallas Cowboys jersey. “Post Malone makes by far the most country song in the world. #acms as I type this,” an X/Twitter user wrote. “The Nashville machine is weird, I tell you.”

Malone continued with “I Had Some Help,” his track with country hitmaker Morgan Wallen. Afterward, even he seemed stunned when host Reba McEntire suggested honoring Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, who died in April at age 80.

“Yes ma’am,” the “Circles” rapper said. Then the duo launched into an acapella version of “Ramblin’ Man.”

Two of ACM’s executive producers, Raj Kapoor and Patrick Menton, spoke with Variety before the ceremony on Post’s performance. “Post’s authenticity and love of the genre is truly unique,” ​​Kapoor said.

“He’s coming home,” Menton added. “He was raised on this music.”

(RELATED: Here Are Fans’ Best Reactions to Post Malone and Morgan Wallen’s New Song “I Had Some Help”)

Post Malone makes history with Morgan Wallen collaboration

“I Had Some Help” commemorates the end of a toxic relationship. The narrator reminds his ex that he is not the only one responsible for the collapse of their love affair. He “had help.”

The duo debuted the track during Wallen’s headlining set at Stagecoach last month.

The track debuted at #18 on Signposts Distribution table by country. “I Had Some Help” also broke Spotify’s single-day domestic streaming record with nearly 14 million streams.

Post Malone is making it very clear that this is not a stop for his career. It’s a whole new journey.

Featured image by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Stagecoach