Carrie Underwood introduced the Academy of Country Music Awards to church.
Maren Morris won two honors, together with music of the yr. Miranda Lambert carried out 3 times and held on to her document as probably the most embellished winner in ACM historical past. And Mickey Guyton, the primary Black girl to host the awards present, gave a strong, top-notch vocal efficiency.
Although feminine country stars didn’t compete for the night’s high prize – Luke Bryan was named entertainer of the yr – they owned 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 latest gospel hymns album “My Savior,” kicking off the set with “Wonderful Grace” and “Nice Is Thy Faithfulness.” Then Winans joined in, matching her robust 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 House).” Lambert, who based pet shelter nonprofit MuttNation, additionally carried out alongside album of the yr winner Chris Stapleton for “Maggie’s Music,” a tribute to Stapleton’s canine who died 2019. Her closing efficiency was with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall.
The performances that aired Sunday have been pre-taped at numerous places in Nashville, Tennessee, together with the Grand Ole Opry Home, the Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. Winners, sporting masks, accepted awards in actual time in entrance of small audiences made up of medical and well being care staff.
Bryan was set to carry out Sunday however backed out of the present as a result of he lately examined optimistic for the coronavirus.
“I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there,” he stated from Los Angeles. “And to all my followers on the market and country 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 in regards to the taxing yr with out stay music when she won feminine artist of the yr.
“Actually simply comfortable to be in a class with ladies that weren’t capable of tour this yr, however introduced a lot warmth to the sport to country 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 a few of the finest music out of all of you this previous yr. So thanks a lot for uplifting me,” she stated.
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 won music of the yr for her Grammy-nominated hit “The Bones,” which topped the country music charts for months final yr.
Morris misplaced single of the yr, the place all the nominated songs have been carried out by feminine artists. Carly Pearce and Lee Brice’s platinum duet, “I Hope You’re Joyful Now,” won the prize.
“We wrote this music about my story and I assume it resonated with all people,” Pearce stated 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 Previous Dominion with group of the yr. It marked Brown’s first public look after struggling vital accidents in a head-on automobile collision final yr.
However all the 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 concern 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 places.”
One other mishap occurred when Martina McBride introduced the winner of single of the yr. McBride appropriately introduced “I Hope You’re Joyful Now” although “I Hope” by Gabby Barrett appeared on the TV display screen.
Pearce and Brice’s “I Hope You’re Joyful Now” additionally won musical occasion of the yr, whereas Barrett was named new feminine artist of the yr. Rhett won male artist of the yr and Jimmie Allen was named new male artist of the yr.
These acts carried out Sunday, as did Alan Jackson, Girl 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 lately had her first little one and have become the primary Black solo girl nominated for a Grammy within the country class this yr.
Little Massive City additionally carried out — however as a threesome. The Grammy winners sang “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” with out band member Phillip Candy since he lately examined optimistic for COVID-19.
Candy and Bryan weren’t the one country stars lacking from the present. Morgan Wallen, whose newest album and singles have discovered main success on each the country and pop charts, was declared ineligible by the ACMs after he was caught on digicam utilizing a racial slur earlier this yr.