The performance was in honor of St. Jude and ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, which is dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.
“We’re on the big main stage, so we’ve got a lot of ground to cover in our performance, but we’re performing our brand-new single, ‘What A Song Can Do’ and it’s tying into ACM Lifting Lives and St. Jude,” Lady A’s Hillary Scott told Audacy’s Katie & Company ahead of their performance. ”So, you’ll hear a lot about what they’re doing and their philanthropic efforts. But, ACM Lifting Lives and St. Jude and learning about what they do there and ‘What A Song Can Do’ will come out of that.”
“So, it feels like a pretty appropriate message, because when we’re singing these songs it’s not about our songs, it’s about the other artists and the other songs that have become the soundtrack of our lives,” she went on to say. “That’s really what this is highlighting and how powerful those songs are.”
“What A Song Can Do” was written by Lady A’s Charles Kelley, Laura Veltz, Ryan Hurd, and Sam Ellis. The song appears on Lady A’s latest album, What A Song Can Do (Chapter One).
“We have been overfilled with gratitude after releasing this album and we don’t take it lightly that after eight albums our music still resonates with so many people,” Kelley recently shared. “This song is the summation of where our hearts are right now and how much music can really pull us through in times of need. We love writing songs about lost love and things like that, but I feel like our favorite material comes with a strong positive message.”
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) March 8, 2022
Co-hosted by global icon Dolly Parton with Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett, the two-hour show livestreamed without commercials and featured 20+ performances from some of country music’s hottest superstars and rising newcomers.
The performance lineup included Parker McCollum and Lainey Wilson, who were crowned this year’s New Male and New Female Artist of the Year, respectively as well as Barrett, Allen, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Walker Hayes, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Lady A and Kelly Clarkson.
“The concert event of the year” also included several collaborations, including Parton featuring Kelsea Ballerini (“Big Dreams & Faded Jeans”), BRELAND featuring Thomas Rhett (“Praise The Lord”), Jordan Davis (“Buy Dirt,” feat. Luke Bryan), Brothers Osborne and Brittney Spencer (“These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”), Parmalee and Blanco Brown featuring Brooke Eden (“Just the Way”), Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (“Never Wanted to Be That Girl”), and Chris Young featuring Mitchell Tenpenny (“At the End of a Bar”).
The 2022 ACM Awards presenters included Alan Ritchson (actor, Reacher), Derek Carr (quarterback, Las Vegas Raiders), Guy Torry (comedian, Phat Tuesdays), James Patterson (author, Run Rose Run), Jason Aldean, Kelsey Asbille (actor, Yellowstone), Luke Grimes (actor, Yellowstone), Mickey Guyton, and Tom Pelphrey (actor, Outer Range).
The ACM Awards made history as the first major awards show to livestream exclusively as it streamed live on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.