Carrie Underwood introduced the Academy of Nation Music Awards to church. Maren Morris gained two honours, together with music of the yr. Miranda Lambert carried out 3 times and held onto her file as probably the most embellished winner in ACM historical past. And Mickey Guyton, the primary Black girl to host the awards present, gave a highly effective, top-notch vocal efficiency.
Although female nation stars didn’t compete for the night’s prime prize – Luke Bryan was named Entertainer of the 12 months – they owned the Sunday’s ACM Awards.
Underwood’s efficiency stood out probably the most. She was joined by gospel legend CeCe Winans and the dynamic duo blended their voices like angels onstage. Underwood carried out songs from her current gospel hymns album My Savior, kicking off the set with ‘Superb Grace’ and ‘Nice Is Thy Faithfulness.’ Then Winans joined in, matching her sturdy vocal efficiency.
Lambert carried out 3 times, first alongside rock-pop singer Elle King for a enjoyable, energetic efficiency of their new duet ‘Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Dwelling).’ Lambert, who based pet shelter nonprofit MuttNation, additionally carried out alongside Album of the 12 months winner Chris Stapleton for ‘Maggie’s Music,’ a tribute to Stapleton’s canine who died in 2019. Her remaining efficiency was with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall.
The performances that aired Sunday have been pre-taped at varied areas in Nashville, Tennessee, together with the Grand Ole Opry Home, the Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. Winners, sporting masks, accepted awards in real-time in entrance of small audiences made up of medical and well being care employees.
Bryan was set to carry out Sunday however backed out of the present as a result of he just lately examined constructive for the coronavirus .
“I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there,” he mentioned from Los Angeles. “And to all my followers on the market and nation radio, we miss touring. We’ve missed being on the highway with all people that makes me an entertainer. My bus drivers, my band, my crew, what a difficult yr. However to all of the followers and all people we’ll be again out on the highway doing what we love.”
Morris spoke concerning the taxing yr with out reside music when she gained Female Artist of the 12 months.
“Actually simply completely satisfied to be in a class with girls that weren’t in a position to tour this yr, however introduced a lot warmth to the sport to nation music this yr. You’ve impressed me a lot to no finish, and even in a yr the place nobody’s gotten to play exhibits, I’ve heard among the finest music out of all of you this previous yr. So thanks a lot for uplifting me,” she mentioned.
Collaborating onstage was the theme of the awards present, and Morris and hubby Ryan Hurd sang collectively, ending with a kiss. A teary-eyed Morris gained Music of the 12 months for her Grammy-nominated hit ‘The Bones,’ which topped the nation music charts for months final yr.
Morris misplaced single of the yr, the place the entire nominated songs have been carried out by female artists. Carly Pearce and Lee Brice’s platinum duet, ‘I Hope You’re Pleased Now,’ gained the prize.
“We wrote this music about my story and I assume it resonated with all people,” Pearce mentioned onstage, additionally thanking busbee, who produced the music and died in late 2019. “That is the final music that my producer labored on.”
One other tender second got here when Blanco Brown introduced Old Dominion with Group of the 12 months. It marked Brown’s first public look after struggling vital accidents in a head-on car collision final yr.
However your complete three-hour present didn’t go easily. The Grammy-winning duo Dan + Shay carried out their newest hit, ‘Glad You Exist,’ however the pre-taped second aired out of sync.
“Apparently there was an audio/video sync problem on the tv broadcast,” the duo tweeted. “We’re bummed about it, however it occurs, particularly when performances are taking place in a number of areas.”
One other mishap occurred when Martina McBride introduced the winner of Single of the 12 months. McBride accurately introduced ‘I Hope You’re Pleased Now’ although ‘I Hope’ by Gabby Barrett appeared on the TV display screen.
Pearce and Brice’s ‘I Hope You’re Pleased Now’ additionally gained Musical Occasion of the 12 months, whereas Barrett was named New Female Artist of the 12 months. Rhett gained Male Artist of the 12 months and Jimmie Allen was named New Male Artist of the 12 months.
These acts carried out Sunday, as did Alan Jackson, Woman A, Blake Shelton, Ashley McBryde, Brothers Osborne and Guyton, who gave an all-star efficiency of ‘Maintain On’ throughout the present, which she hosted with Keith City. She just lately had her first baby and have become the primary Black solo girl nominated for a Grammy within the ‘Nation’ class this yr.
Little Large City additionally carried out — however as a threesome. The Grammy winners sang ‘Wine, Beer, Whiskey’ with out band member Phillip Candy since he just lately examined constructive for COVID-19 .
Candy and Bryan weren’t the one nation stars lacking from the present. Morgan Wallen, whose newest album and singles have discovered main success on each the nation and pop charts, was declared ineligible by the ACMs after he was caught on digicam utilizing a racial slur earlier this yr.