Carrie Underwood teamed up with Vince Gill honoring Little Jimmy Dickens at the Grand Ole Opry on Thursday with the song "Go Rest High On That Mountain."
Dickens, who died earlier this month at the age of 94, was a famous country music singer well known for his novelty songs, small stature of just four-foot-eleven, and his rhinestone-encrusted outfits. Offering a goodbye to the singer, Gill and Underwood took the stage among Dickens' boots and a hat belonging to him. Before finishing the song "Go Rest High On That Mountain," Gill was overcome by emotion.
Prior to their tearful performance at the memorial service, both Gill and Underwood shared stories about their friendship with Dickens.
"We're all better people by a mile because we knew this man," Gill said before Underwood noted the way Dickens would always greet her with a kiss of her hand.
Written by Gill in 1995, "Go Rest High On That Mountain" earned CMA's Song of the Year one year later. It also received two Grammy Awards. The ballad was also performed at George Jones' funeral at the Opry hall in 2013. Lyrics include "Go rest high on that mountain / Son, your work on earth is done / Go to heaven a shoutin' / Love for the Father and Son."
Toward the end of the service, other artists including Brad Paisley, Steve Wariner, Old Crow Medicine Show and Connie Smith took the stage go sing "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."
Dickens, who was the longest-performing member of the Grand Ole Opry, died of cardiac arrest on Jan. 2. Underwood's performance at the singer's service comes as no surprise; the "Something in the Water" singer shared her grief following Dickens' death.
"I know why it's raining in Nashville," Underwood wrote at the time. "Little Jimmy is in heaven now making the Angels laugh so hard, they're crying. We'll miss you friend!"
Watch the video of Gill and Underwood performing at Little Jimmy Dickens' Grand Ole Opry funeral here.