By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Audio Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Carrie Underwood introduced the Academy of Place Tunes Awards to church. Maren Morris won the most awards of the night, such as song of the year. Miranda Lambert performed three moments and held on to her history as the most embellished winner in ACM historical past. And Mickey Guyton, the 1st Black female to host the awards exhibit, gave a powerful, leading-notch vocal overall performance.
Even though feminine country stars did not contend for the night’s leading prize – Luke Bryan was named entertainer of the year – they owned Sunday’s ACM Awards.
Underwood’s functionality stood out the most. She was joined by gospel legend CeCe Winans and the dynamic duo blended their voices like angels onstage. Underwood done music from her current gospel hymns album “My Savior,” kicking off the established with “Amazing Grace” and “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Then Winans joined in, matching her solid vocal performance.
Lambert executed three instances, initial together with rock-pop singer Elle King for a exciting, energetic overall performance of their new duet “Drunk (And I Never Wanna Go Dwelling).” Lambert, who founded pet shelter nonprofit MuttNation, also done alongside album of the year winner Chris Stapleton for “Maggie’s Music,” a tribute to Stapleton’s pet who died 2019. Her ultimate functionality was with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall.
The performances that aired Sunday had been pre-taped at several locations in Nashville, Tennessee, which includes the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. Winners, donning masks, recognized awards in serious time in entrance of a compact audience manufactured up of clinical and wellbeing treatment staff.
Bryan was established to complete Sunday but backed out of the demonstrate because he lately examined positive for the coronavirus.
“I’m so sorry I could not be there,” he reported from Los Angeles. “And to all my supporters out there and nation radio, we skip touring. We’ve missed currently being on the highway with everybody that tends to make me an entertainer. My bus drivers, my band, my crew, what a tough year. But to all the enthusiasts and everyone, we’ll be back again out on the road accomplishing what we really like.”
Morris spoke about the taxing 12 months with no reside music when she gained female artist of the year — a person of her a few wins.
“Really just content to be in a classification with women of all ages that ended up not ready to tour this yr, but brought so considerably warmth to the recreation of country music this year. You’ve impressed me so considerably to no close, and even in a calendar year in which no one’s gotten to engage in reveals, I have listened to some of the finest songs out of all of you this past yr. So thank you so a great deal for inspiring me,” she claimed.
Collaborating onstage was the theme of the awards clearly show, and Morris and hubby Ryan Hurd sang with each other, ending with a kiss. A teary-eyed Morris won track of the yr for her Grammy-nominated hit “The Bones,” which topped the country tunes charts for months previous calendar year. She received two ACMs for music of the 12 months — one for performing the strike and another for co-writing it, sharing the acquire with songwriters Laura Veltz and Jimmy Robbins.
Morris lost solitary of the yr, in which all of the nominated songs were performed by feminine artists. Carly Pearce and Lee Brice’s platinum duet, “I Hope You are Content Now,” won the prize.
“We wrote this music about my tale and I guess it resonated with most people,” Pearce claimed onstage, also thanking busbee, who developed the tune and died in late 2019. “This is the previous tune that my producer worked on.”
Yet another tender instant came when Blanco Brown introduced Previous Dominion with team of the 12 months. It marked Brown’s to start with general public overall look soon after suffering major injuries in a head-on auto collision very last 12 months.
But the whole a few-hour clearly show didn’t go efficiently. The Grammy-profitable duo Dan + Shay done their most recent hit, “Glad You Exist,” but the pre-taped minute aired out of sync.
“Apparently there was an audio/video clip sync difficulty on the television broadcast,” the duo tweeted. “We’re bummed about it, but it happens, in particular when performances are taking place in various spots.”
A different mishap occurred when Martina McBride declared the winner of one of the calendar year. McBride the right way claimed “I Hope You are Pleased Now” received though “I Hope” by Gabby Barrett appeared on the Television set monitor.
Pearce and Brice’s “I Hope You’re Satisfied Now” also gained musical event of the calendar year, while Barrett was named new woman artist of the year. Rhett won male artist of the year and Jimmie Allen was named new male artist of the yr.
Those people functions performed Sunday, as did Alan Jackson, Girl A, Blake Shelton, Ashley McBryde, Brothers Osborne and Guyton, who gave an all-star overall performance of “Hold On” in the course of the present, which she hosted with Keith Urban. She recently experienced her first little one and turned the initially Black solo female nominated for a Grammy in the state category this 12 months.
Small Major Town also executed — but as a threesome. The Grammy winners sang “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” with out band member Phillip Sweet due to the fact he just lately examined good for COVID-19.
Sweet and Bryan weren’t the only country stars missing from the demonstrate. Morgan Wallen, whose newest album and singles have discovered big achievement on both the region and pop charts, was declared ineligible by the ACMs immediately after he was caught on camera using a racial slur before this 12 months.
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