Mickey Guyton took a break from her ACM Awards co-hosting duties to take the stage for a performance of “Hold On.”
The song was co-written by Guyton alongside Karen Kosowski and Victoria Banks and featured in the 2019 motion picture Breakthrough. Guyton previously shared the story behind “Hold On,” revealing that the track came together very quickly.
“Honestly, it was a God moment that this even happened,” she explained. “We had a brief synopsis of a scene in the movie, and 24 hours to turn in a song. We took inspiration from the story, and our own personal experiences, and “Hold On” came together quickly. I just feel so honored to be part of this film. Chrissy Metz is magical and did an amazing job showing the love of a mother for her child.”
Ahead of the show, Guyton opened up about how being a mom has changed her perception of the song.
“This song means so much to me, as a new mom and during this time of hardships for so many people,” she shared. “It’s so important to hold on and don’t let go and I hope I can bring people hope when I sing this song.”
And just when @MickeyGuyton‘s vocals were blowing our minds, she brought a CHOIR on stage! ? Wow—this will be an #ACMawards moment to remember. Don’t miss another minute of tonight’s show on @CBS or @paramountplus! pic.twitter.com/c8M1tJ7dQ1
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) April 19, 2021
Guyton was nominated for ACM New Female Artist of the Year and shared co-hosting duties with 15-time ACM Award winner Keith Urban.
The 56th ACM Awards also featured performances from Brothers Osborne, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, 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.