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April 22, 2015 at 06:38 PM EDT

Tim McGraw kicked off the TIME 100 Gala with a medley performance of songs that included his 2004 hit “Live Like We Were Dying.” The country singer, who has been a staple in the music industry for more than two decades, was honored on this year’s list in the “Artist” category by Jon Meacham. 

Other performers at the events included fellow honoree Kanye West, who was one of the magazine’s cover stars. The list this year celebrated Emma Watson, Chris Pratt, Reese Witherspoon, and many other innovators, creators, and pioneers. Head on over to Time to watch the full clip of the performance

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