Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney gave the live debut of their “Half Of My Hometown” duet during the 2021 ACM Awards.
On Sunday, April 18, the country superstars joined forces on the iconic Grand Ole Opry stage for a truly one-of-a-kind performance that allowed the song’s story to be put on full display. The singers sat on stools center stage atop the Opry circle singing Ballerini latest single to each other in the perfect duet.
“This song is really special. It all happened with a lot of ease – from us writing it to Kenny signing on,” Ballerini said prior to their performance. “The performance is really about the song. I love bells and whistles – I’ve come down from a floating heart at the ACMs before – this is opposite of that. It’s really about Kenny and I telling a story about the relationship of our hometown.”
.@KelseaBallerini & @kennychesney's performance of "half of my hometown" was absolutely stunning! Turn on @CBS or @paramountplus NOW to watch the rest of tonight's #ACMawards! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/fFVcVXG2ef
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) April 19, 2021
Ballerini is up for Female Artist Of The Year at this year’s ACM Awards, while Chesney is not nominated.
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. The show opener featured the live debut of Elle King and Miranda Lambert’s duet, “Drunk (And I Don’t Want To Go Home).”
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.