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Should Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” maybe have been a country song this whole time? Don’t worry: I realize what I’ve opened myself up to by asking that question.

Madonna freaks—i.e. most of the world—will fry me. (I welcome the hate commentary below!) But seriously, that’s what I asked myself as I watched this cover of the classic Madge song by Sugarland and Little Big Town, recorded live at a concert in Bloomington, IL, on Friday night. It’s real good.

I think my affection for “Like a Prayer” as a country song is a three-parter: 1) I’m so familiar with the song. Like, what cover of “Like a Prayer” wouldn’t be good? 2) The semi-religious undertones (overtones?) in the song—well, at least the use of the word “prayer”—very much seem at home in any country song. Right? Seems like it to me, at least, and the Sugarland/LBT folks give it a pureness. And, lastly, 3) Jennifer Nettles just rules; her voice gives me chills. Throw in Little Big Town—who Sugarland is pretty regularly collaborating with at this point—and it’s just all that much better. This six-some did Madonna justice. Watch here:

A country style suits “Like a Prayer,” right? What do you think Madonna would say about this? Do you agree with me that Sugarland and Little Big Town did Madonna proud? Sound off below!

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