On Monday, March 7, the country superstars joined forces for a collaborative performance of Bryan’s current single, “Up,” as well as their multi-week, chart-topping duet, “Buy Dirt.”
“The fact that we use both of our songs… the beauty about ‘Up’ and ‘Buy Dirt’ they kind of have the same themes and the same rural tones. So, the fact that we’re about to collaborate in here together is pretty special,” Bryan shared ahead of their performance.
“‘Up’ is one of my favorite songs from Luke, so to get to play ‘Dirt’ after that one is pretty cool,” Davis added.
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) March 8, 2022
Co-written by Bobby Pinson, Jeremy Bussey and Taylor Phillips, “Up” appears on Bryan’s No. 1 album, Born Here Live Here Die Here.
“Buy Dirt,” which was penned by Davis and his brother Jacob Davis alongside Josh Jenkins and Matt Jenkins, appears on Davis’ EP of the same name.
Davis and Bryan were both up for several ACM Awards for “Buy Dirt,” including Single Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Music Event Of The Year.
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”), 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.