• Keith Urban and Pink Perform ‘One Too Many' For the First Time on TV at the 2020 CMA Awards

    7 days ago - By Billboard

    Keith Urban and P!nk delivered the TV debut of their new teamup single “One Too Many” at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday night .
    The two stars crossed genres and time zones with their duet performance of the jaunty cut, combined virtually to appear to be on the same stage (or at least performing against the same psychedelic backdrop), despite needing to perform separately due to COVID restrictions.
    “One Too Many” was released earlier on Wednesday as an advance single from his upcoming album, The Speed of Now, Pt. 1 , which is out this Friday. “I've always loved Pink's...
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  • Mickey Guyton Aims to Empower Women With ‘What Are You Gonna Tell Her' Performance at the 2020 ACM Awards

    7 days ago - By Billboard

    Fresh off the release of her new EP Bridges , country songstress Mickey Guyton shined at the 2020 ACM Awards with her searing performance of “What Are You Gonna Tell Her” alongside Keith Urban Wednesday night .
    The single, which initially caused tremors in the country community earlier this year, remains as powerful and buoyant as when it was first released. With Urban on piano duties, Guyton floated through her empowering anthem with her mind set on inspiring women in need of a major breakthrough.
    “This song is a call to action,” she told CMT last March. “We are all so obviously very much...
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  • 20 Classics Have Won Single of the Year at Both of the Top Country Awards Shows: Here's a Complete List

    7 days ago - By Billboard

    Blake Shelton 's thundering “God's Country” won single of the year at the 55th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday , 10 months after it won in the same category at the 53rd annual Country Music Awards.
    “God's Country” is the 20th single to take top honors at both of country music's top award shows. All 20 singles reached No. 1 on Billboard 's Hot Country Singles chart. That's no surprise. These are all stone-cold country classics.
    Alan Jackson has two of these dual winners-his good-time smash “Chattahoochee” and his 9/11 rumination “Where Were You .”
    For whatever reason...
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  • Riley Green Preaches the Importance of Family With ‘I Wish Grandpas Never Died' Performance at the 2020 ACM Awards

    7 days ago - By Billboard

    ACM new male artist winner, Riley Green , delivered a stirring performance of his single “I Wish Grandpas Never Died” Wednesday night at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
    The touching record is a reflective one, speaking on how good things ultimately come and go. “I wish honky-tonks didn't have no closing time, And I wish grandpas never died,” he sing on the song's chorus. “Winning ACM's new male artist of the year was something that I honestly never dreamed of,” he told Billboard last week in advance of the show. “Just being nominated was an accomplishment to me.”
    Green recently released his...
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  • Dan + Shay's ‘I Should Probably Go To Bed' was a Stripped-Down Highlight of the 2020 ACM Awards

    7 days ago - By Billboard

    Dan + Shay released “I Should Probably Go To Bed,” a song ripe for arena sing-alongs, earlier in 2020... a year in which arena shows have been necessarily scarce. Fortunately, the duo rocked out to the anthem at the 2020 ACM Awards on Wednesday night .
    The duo took the Grand Ole Opry stage under a shared spotlight, with Shay Mooney seated at a grand piano and Dan Smyers gripping a mic stand. With no other accompanying musicians, the duo showcased their well-worn harmonic skills, making a stripped-down performance sound mighty enough to fill the historic venue.
    “I Should Probably Go To Bed”...
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  • Carrie Underwood Leads Tribute to the Women of Country in Grande Ole Opry Anniversary Celebration at 2020 ACM Awards

    7 days ago - By Billboard

    Country great Carrie Underwood paid tribute to some of her predecessors at the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday night , with a medley performance of covers of classic female artists, which also acknowledged the upcoming 95th anniversary of Nashville's legendary Grande Ole Opry venue.
    Underwood covered Patsy Cline's 1961 ballad standard “Crazy,” Loretta Lynn's confrontational 1966 classic “You Ain't Woman Enough ,” Barbara Mandrell's 1981 chart-topper “I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool,” Dolly Parton's 1989 rave-up “Why'd You Come in Here Looking Like That,” Reba...
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  • Luke Combs Pours His Heart Out in ‘Better Together' at 2020 ACM Awards

    7 days ago - By Billboard

    Luke Combs offered up some love when he performed “Better Together” at the stage at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe during the 55th annual ACM Awards on Wednesday .
    Combs, who was nominated for three awards this year, acknowledged that 2020 hasn't exactly been the best of years for most people. “I know it's been a crazy year for everybody and there have been bright spots, I'm sure, for all of us, and one of the biggest bright spots of my entire life was getting married this year,” he explained. “So I want to play you guys a song that I wrote for my wife before we were married.”
    Combs then began...
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  • Thomas Rhett Combines With Jon Pardi for ‘Beer Can't Fix' at 2020 ACM Awards

    7 days ago - By Billboard

    As the most nominated male artist at the 2020 ACM Awards, Thomas Rhett had a lot to live up to on Wednesday night - and with the help of Jon Pardi, the country superstar delivered, with a rousing performance of their shared hit “Beer Can't Fix.”
    Sharing the stage at the Ryman Auditorium, Rhett and Pardi demonstrated a sense of swagger, with the former flashing his pearly whites on the opening verse before Pardi danced onstage with an acoustic guitar. “Come on, Jon!” Rhett called, and soon the side-by-side duet was in full bloom, with even some country line dance moves during the bridge.
    As...
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  • Old Dominion Delivers An Electric Medley of Hits at the 2020 ACM Awards

    7 days ago - By Billboard

    This year's most-nominated group at the 2020 ACM Awards, Old Dominion, launched an impressive medley of their classic hits Wednesday night in Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
    The five-person band kicked things off with “One Man Band,” a record that earned nominations in both single and song of the year categories. Following their rousing opening, they nimbly segued into their electric jam, “Song for Another Time.” Staying upbeat, they kept the momentum intact with their 2017 Happy Endings standout track “Hotel Key,” before concluding their four-track exhibition with their syrupy earworm “Make...
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  • Miranda Lambert Brings ‘Bluebird' to the 2020 ACM Awards

    7 days ago - By Billboard

    Miranda Lambert gave us double bluebirds at the 2020 ACM Awards.
    Joined by songwriters Natalie Hemby and Luke Dick, Lambert performed “Bluebird” from Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe.
    “We're going to do ‘Bluebird' right at the Bluebird,” the country star - clad in a blue-fringed jacket, sparkly belt and jeans - said as an introduction.
    Lambert and her co-writers then flew into a stripped-down, acoustic version of their song.
    After the trio finished, host Keith Urban chatted with Lambert, reminding the audience that she won for vocal event of the year, making it her 35th ACM...
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  • Morgan Wallen Barrels Through ‘Whiskey Glasses' at 2020 ACMs

    7 days ago - By Billboard

    Rocking double denim and his signature mullet, Morgan Wallen hit the stage at the 2020 ACM Awards on Wednesday night. The Voice alum performed his Hot Country Songs No. 1 smash “Whiskey Glasses,” with a video montage of fans singing along on the screen behind him.
    Wallen is nominated for the new male artist of the year award at the 2020 ACM Awards.
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  • Luke Bryan Transports Us Far, Far Away With ‘One Margarita' at the 2020 ACM Awards

    Luke Bryan Transports Us Far, Far Away With ‘One Margarita' at the 2020 ACM Awards

    7 days ago - By Billboard

    Luke Bryan performed his most recent country radio smash, the escapist “One Margarita,” at the ACM Awards on Wednesday night .
    Wearing a button-down t-shirt with a tropical design, Bryan kicked off his performance by proclaiming, “It's good to be back on stage, woo!” before launching into a feel-good rendition of the five-o'clock-somewhere anthem. Behind him and his band, the set consisted of screens projecting a relaxing background of palm trees and lightly rolling waves.
    “One Margarita” topped Billboard 's Country Airplay chart back in July, while also hitting a No. 19 peak on the...
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  • Kelsea Ballerini Pops During Bubbly ‘Hole in the Bottle' At the 2020 ACM Awards

    7 days ago - By Billboard

    Kelsea Ballerini took the stage at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium to perform her single “Hole in the Bottle” during the 2020 ACM Awards Wednesday .
    The singer, who was nominated for female artist of the year, started by sharing her enthusiasm at participating in the ceremony, then explained her song choice. “I picked this song because I don't know about you, but I feel like this year, we can all use a drink!” she exclaimed, hinting at the troubles the country has faced thus far in 2020.
    Ballerini - dressed in a red and black sequined dress with matching black boots - then launched...
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  • Events: ACM Awards

    7 days ago - By BMI

    The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards will broadcast LIVE on CBS at 8:00 PM from three historic country music venues in Nashville, TN, The Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Café. Keith Urban will host.
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  • ACM Entertainer of the Year Nominees Open Show With Hit-Filled Medley

    7 days ago - By Billboard

    The 2020 ACM Awards opened Wednesday evening with a socially distanced medley of this year's ACM entertainer of the year nominees performing their hits from some of the genre's most renowned venues (which were naturally empty of audiences given the pandemic).
    Luke Bryan kicked things off with “Rain Is a Good Thing,” followed by Eric Church explaining why he's in his element with a “Drink In My Hand.” Luke Combs picked up the other Luke's weathery cue with “When It Rains It Pours,” followed by Thomas Rhett singing “It Goes Like This” at the Ryman. Carrie Underwood wrapped it up with “Before...
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  • Jimmie Allen Performs Spirited ‘Make Me Want To' at 2020 ACM Awards

    7 days ago - By Billboard

    Nearly two years after Jimmie Allen released his acclaimed debut full-length, the country star brought one of its biggest hits, the breezy “Make Me Want To,” to the 2020 ACM Awards on Wednesday night .
    Taking the stage at the legendary Bluebird Cafe, Allen commanded the tiny stage with two accompanying musicians, grinning throughout the performance of his country hit and sporting a festive outfit accented by leather pants. Christmas lights twinkled behind him, and Allen's sensual voice shone bright in the empty venue.
    Allen's Mercury Lane album was released in October 2018, and has spawned...
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  • 2020 ACM Awards: Full Winners List

    7 days ago - By Billboard

    The 55th Annual ACM Awards are here.
    The event, hosted by Keith Urban , honors the best in country music. Maren Morris , Thomas Rhett , and Old Dominion lead all artists with five nominations each. So who will walk away with the most wins?
    See the full list of winners, updating live, below.
    ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
    Luke Bryan
    Eric Church
    Luke Combs
    Thomas Rhett
    Carrie Underwood
    FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
    Kelsea Ballerini
    Miranda Lambert
    Maren Morris
    Kacey Musgraves
    Carrie Underwood
    MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
    Dierks Bentley
    Luke Combs
    Thomas Rhett
    Chris Stapleton
    Keith Urban
    DUO OF THE...
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