The performances that aired Sunday had been pre-taped at numerous areas 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 a small viewers 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 optimistic 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 street with all people that makes me an entertainer. My bus drivers, my band, my crew, what a difficult 12 months. However to all of the followers and all people, we’ll be again out on the street doing what we love.”
Morris spoke in regards to the taxing 12 months with out reside music when she received feminine artist of the 12 months — one in all her three wins.
“Actually simply completely satisfied to be in a class with girls that weren’t in a position to tour this 12 months, however introduced a lot warmth to the sport of nation music this 12 months. You’ve impressed me a lot to no finish, and even in a 12 months the place nobody’s gotten to play exhibits, I’ve heard a few of the finest music out of all of you this previous 12 months. 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 received tune of the 12 months for her Grammy-nominated hit “The Bones,” which topped the nation music charts for months final 12 months. She received two ACMs for tune of the 12 months — one for performing the hit and one other for co-writing it, sharing the win with songwriters Laura Veltz and Jimmy Robbins.
Morris misplaced single of the 12 months, the place all the nominated songs had been carried out by feminine artists. Carly Pearce and Lee Brice’s platinum duet, “I Hope You’re Pleased Now,” received the prize.
“We wrote this tune about my story and I assume it resonated with all people,” Pearce mentioned onstage, additionally thanking busbee, who produced the tune and died in late 2019. “That is the final tune that my producer labored on.”
One other tender second got here when Blanco Brown offered Outdated Dominion with group of the 12 months. It marked Brown’s first public look after struggling important accidents in a head-on automobile collision final 12 months.
However the whole 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 challenge on the tv broadcast,” the duo tweeted. “We’re bummed about it, but it surely 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 appropriately mentioned “I Hope You’re Pleased Now” received although “I Hope” by Gabby Barrett appeared on the TV display screen.
Pearce and Brice’s “I Hope You’re Pleased Now” additionally received musical occasion of the 12 months, whereas Barrett was named new feminine artist of the 12 months. Rhett received 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” in the course of the present, which she hosted with Keith City. She just lately had her first little one and have become the primary Black solo lady nominated for a Grammy within the nation class this 12 months.
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 optimistic 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 12 months.