Entertainment Music Go Behind-the-Scenes of Michael W. Smith's Star-Studded Tribute Concert with His Photo Diary Over 50 artists performed at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday for a once-in-a-lifetime, star-studded tribute event honoring Michael W. Smith, celebrating his 35-year career and his 35 No. 1 hits. Go behind-the-scenes of the three-hour tribute with a look at Smith's exclusive photo diary. By People Staff Published on May 2, 2019 01:45 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 13 Kurt Heinecke Michael W. Smith kicked off the festivities by receiving his own caricature at The Palm restaurant. 02 of 13 Kurt Heinecke The calm before the storm. 03 of 13 Kurt Heinecke Michael W. Smith did some interviews backstage before the big night started. 04 of 13 Kurt Heinecke All 50+ artists gathered for a group photo before the show began. 05 of 13 Gretchen Demonbreun New Nashville resident Kathie Lee Gifford kicked off the night by bringing Michael W. Smith and his wife to the stage. 06 of 13 Kurt Heinecke Jordin Sparks and Lauren Alaina had an American Idol reunion before Sparks performed “All Is Well” with Jordan Smith. 07 of 13 Kurt Heinecke Rascal Flatts posed before putting their spin on “Pray for Me” during the event. 08 of 13 Kurt Heinecke Vince Gill signs a guitar for Smith’s charity Rocketown, a youth outreach facility in the heart of Downtown Nashville. 09 of 13 Kurt Heinecke Legends CeCe Winans and Wynonna take a moment before honoring their friend Michael W. Smith with a show-stopping performance. 10 of 13 Kurt Heinecke Michael W. Smith made sure his mom, Barbara, was front-and-center all night. 11 of 13 Kurt Heinecke The arena was captivated as all the artists of the night joined Michael W. Smith onstage to close out the show with "Friends." 12 of 13 Gretchen Demonbreun Michael W. Smith takes in the night one last time during his final bow. 13 of 13 Kurt Heinecke After the show, Michael W. Smith and his wife of 37 years, Deborah, get ready to leave Bridgestone Arena after a magical night.