Editorial: 56th ACM Awards

April 18, 2021, the 56th ACM Awards, hosted by Mickey Guyton and Keith Urban, took place. Good job to the hosts: Mickey Guyton and Keith Urban. Congratulations to all the winners.

Here’s my editorial on the performances


-Opening Act: Miranda Lambert & Ellie King Drunk

Their performance starts the show with style and attitude. 

Chris Young & Kane Brown Famous Friends

A fantastic duet between these Country musicians

-Thomas Rhett gave two touching and heartwarming performances of two singles from his latest record, Country Again (Side A).

*What’s Your Country Song

*Country Again

-Miranda Lambert & Chris Stapleton gave an impressive and moving performance of the single Maggie’s Song.

-Maren Morris & Ryan Hurd Chasing After You.

The couple gave a romantic and sweet performance together. The love between the husband and wife is genuine and deep.

-Lady A – Like a Lady

The country band Lady A an empowering performance of their single Like A Lady- woman empowerment!

-Gabby Barrett The Good Ones 

She gave a heartwarming performance with grace and finesse.

-Dierks Bentley with The War & Treaty perform a cover of U2’s classic hit 

In the Name of Love (Pride) with passion and from the heart.

-Carrie Underwood, introduced by Dolly Parton, performed a medley of Gospel songs (My Savior)featuring one performance with Cece Winans singing Great Thy Faithfulness. Impressive!

-Eric Church – Bunch of Nothing. He sang this song with passion and bold style. Incredible performance!

-Dan +Shay Glad You Exist. 

The Country duo gave a fantastic of their latest single.

-Luke Combs Forever After All. He performed this romantic single with incredible grace and love.

-Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram & Jon Randall – In His Arms. 

It was an excellent performance by Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram & Jon Randall.

-Kenney Chesney – Knowing You during the In Memoriam segment honouring the Country singers who left us. The song complimented this portion of the ACM Awards.

-Ashley McBride – Martha Divine. She gave a heartfelt performance of the single Martha Divine

-Alan Jackson, the Country legend, performed remarkable two of his incredible hits Drive & You’ll Always Be My Baby

– Carly Pearce & Lee Brice – I Hope You’re Happy Now. They performed this single with passion and depth.

-Mickey Guyton – Hold On. She gave an incredible performance of her single Hold On

-Brothers Osmond – I’m Not For Everyone. The Country band sang their single  I’m Not For Everyone with a bold style.

-Keith Urban – Tumbleweed. His performance was impressive, complement by the visual effects on the screen behind him. He sang with edge and passion.

-Kelsey Ballerini & Kenney Chesney – Half of My Hometown.  What a fantastic duet! Kelsey Ballerini & Kenney Chesney’s voices compliment each other nicely.

-Little Big Town – Wine, Beer, Whiskey.  The Country band sang their single Wine, Beer, Whiskey in the streets of Nashville with impressive choreography. 

Side Note:  I wish Philip Sweet a speedy recovery from COVID-19.

Get well soon!

-It ends with the performance of The Brothers Osmond with their hit Dead Man’s Curve. The ACM Awards ended with another fantastic performance by The Brothers Osmond. 


-Song of the Year: Maren Morris The Bones

-Single of the Year: Carly Pearce & Lee Brice I Hope You’re Happy

Male Artist of the Year: Thomas Rhett

-Female Artist of the Year: Maren Morris

-Album of the Year: Chris Stapleton Starting OVer

-Entertainer of the Year: Luke Combs

Other Highlights

Luke Combs hangs out with veterans playing music in honour of Guitar for Vets, featuring Damian Williams, an army. The segment was touching and full of compassion.

Dolly Parton introduces Leslie Jordan before presenting an award.

The ACM did a fantastic job with the preparations of the events safely and beautifully. Kudos to hosts Mickey Guyton and Keith Urban for your work hosting and your enthusiasm.

Once again, congratulations to all the winners. 

Flora Youssef

Here are some clips

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