Elle King and Miranda Lambert kicked off the 2021 ACM Awards on Sunday, April 18 with a rowdy performance.
Surrounded by Fuchsia pink and turquoise fringe, King and Lambert performed their collaborative single “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” for the first-time ever live during the awards show.
“Whoever’s idea this was for us to start the show is cool, they know what’s up,” King shared ahead of their performance. “It’s definitely awesome to start it with such a fun bang. Looking at the list of performers and everyone who is going to be a part of the show is so awesome. So I feel really lucky and honored to be a part of it in anyway, let alone opening the show. You’re gonna get a lot of Elle King and a lot of Miranda Lambert and a lot of sequins.”
Lambert is up for 4 nods at this year’s award show, including Female Artist Of The Year, Single Of The Year (“Bluebird”), Song Of The Year (“Bluebird”) and Video Of The Year (“Bluebird”).
The 56th ACM Awards also featured performances from Brothers Osborne, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Lady A, Ashley McBryde, Keith Urban, Gabby Barrett, Jimmie Allen, Little Big Town and more.
Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations by Dierks Bentley feat. The War And Treaty, Miranda Lambert with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd, Chris Young feat. Kane Brown, Carly Pearce and Lee Brice, as well as Carrie Underwood & CeCe Winans.
Co-hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, the 2021 ACM Awards took place in Music City for the second consecutive year. The three-hour awards show took place at three iconic Nashville venues, including Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. The Awards show aired on Sunday, April 18 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET) on CBS Television Network and were also streamed live on CBS All Access.