Sporting a gorgeous light blue gown adorned with a belt, Pearce delivered a stunning rendition of the chart-climbing song.
“What He Didn’t Do” is featured on Pearce’s latest album, 29: Written In Stone. The fan-favorite track was co-written by Pearce, Ashley Gorley and Emily Shackleton.
The deeply personal tune finds the songstress detailing everything her ex didn’t do throughout the relationship, rather than revealing what he officially did to end things.
“So I ain’t gonna go and tell you what he did/ But I’ll tell you what he didn’t do/ / Treat me right, put me first, be a man of his word/ Stay home ’cause he wanted to/ always fight for my love, hold on tight like it’s something/ That he couldn’t stand to lose/ The devil’s in the details, I won’t tell the hell that he put me through/ All I know is in the end, it wasn’t what he did, no/ It was what he didn’t do,” she sings.
“What He Didn’t Do” was the most-added song at country radio upon its official add date in mid-June and continues to climb the charts at country radio.
Ahead of the show, Pearce opened up about the opportunity to take part in ACM Honors and shared her excitement over seeing her peers being celebrated for their contributions to country music.
“I think that the ACM Honors is a special event honoring the biggest moments in country music and the biggest artists that have made the most impact in the year and it’s always such a special event to see different performers perform other artists’ songs and the love in the room is so big,” she said. “So many great artists are getting honored – people that I really look up to – like Shania Twain and Miranda Lambert. Morgan Wallen is being honored, as he’s so deserving, and it’s just a really special night.”
Hosted by Pearce, the reigning ACM Female Artist of the Year, the 15th Annual ACM Honors took place on Wednesday, August 24 at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dubbed “Country Music industry’s favorite night,” ACM Honors recognized several special honorees, including ACM Triple Crown Award recipient Miranda Lambert, ACM Spirit Award recipient Chris Stapleton, ACM Poet’s Award recipient Shania Twain, ACM Milestone Award recipient Morgan Wallen and ACM Film Award recipient Yellowstone.
Performers and presenters included Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, The Warren Brothers, Brooks & Dunn, Dan + Shay, Eric Church, Jordan Davis, ERNEST, Jesse Frasure, Vince Gill, Ashley Gorley, Mickey Guyton, HARDY, Wynonna Judd, Avril Lavigne, Little Big Town, Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson and more.
ACM Award winner and Grammy nominee Trace Adkins was also on hand to perform his cover of “A Country Boy Can Survive,” from the brand-new FOX country music drama MONARCH, in which he stars alongside Susan Sarandon and Anna Friel.
ACM Honors premiered on Tuesday, September 13 at 8/7c on FOX. The show will be available to stream the following day on Hulu.