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"Forever Country" is a medley performed by the Artists of Then, Now & Forever, a one-time gathering of 30 country music artists. The song, which was recorded to honor the 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards, is a medley of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads," Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again," and Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You." The medley was originally conceived to be just one song until director Joseph Kahn proposed the idea of mashing together three songs into one. It was recorded in a span of three days in Nashville, Tennessee in June 2016 with Shane McAnally as producer. A music video directed by Kahn was released to accompany and promote the song.
The song was released on September 16, 2016 and the video premiered four days later on September 20 during Dancing with the Stars. All profits from the sale and streaming of the song go to music education supported by the CMA Foundation.
The song debuted atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, becoming the third song in history to achieve this feat and giving every artist featured on the song a number one hit on the chart.
In a rare display, the rival Academy of Country Music gave Forever Country and the CMA their Video of the Year Award at their 2017 ceremony.