ACM Awards 2018: 5 unforgettable moments


The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards were held Sunday night in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Didn't watch? Here's what you missed.




1. Route 91 Harvest Festival tribute

Sunday's show was country music's return to Las Vegas after the Oct. 1 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

On the red carpet, many stars wore pins depicting the numbers 851, 58 and 1. "Tonight I’m gonna wear these pins for the 851 injured, the 58 lost and the 1 life we can save in the future if we’re willing to start a conversation about things that need to be done for our children, our families and our fans," Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild wrote on Instagram.

Standing on a darkened stage, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett delivered a somber and heartfelt introduction to the show. 



"For those of us that have experienced tragedy and unexpected loss, music helps us remember what really matters in life," Bryan said. 

"With respect and love for the victims, our friends, family and fans, we celebrate the music tonight," Aldean added. "America, this is your ACM Awards." 

2. Reba hosts with humor

Reba's no stranger to the ACMs; she's hosted the show more than a dozen times and won a slew of awards. Sunday night, the Country Music Hall of Famer seemed at home on stage. 



During her opening monologue, she took a poke at the men who handled hosting duties in recent years. Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley hosted in 2016 and 2017, and Bryan hosted with Blake Shelton for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 ceremonies. "I guess they finally figured out that it only takes one woman to do the job of two men," McEntire said, earning laughs from the audience at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. 

Later in the evening, she proved that she's still one of the best singers in the business, singing Does He Love You (a duet she originally recorded with Linda Davis) with Kelly Clarkson. 



3. Miranda Lambert becomes winningest artist in ACM history

Heading into Sunday, Lambert had 29 previous ACM wins under her belt, the same amount of wins as duo Brooks & Dunn. 



Then she took home three more awards: two for Song of the Year (for Tin Man, which she wrote with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall) and Female Vocalist of the Year. 

She is now the winningest artist in ACM history, with 32 trophies to her name. 



4. Carrie Underwood makes an emotional return to the stage

In her first public appearance since a Nov. 10 fall that left her with more than 40 stitches in her face, Underwood gave a powerhouse performance of her new single Cry Pretty.



When it was all over, the crowd gave her a standing ovation that lasted for more than a minute. Immediately afterward, Underwood was back on stage to accept the award for Vocal Event of the Year with Keith Urban.

5. 1993 flashbacks

A trio of 25-year-old chart-toppers were revisited during Sunday's show. Alan Jackson and Jon Pardi performed Jackson's Chattahoochee; Blake Shelton joined Toby Keith for the latter's debut single, Should've Been a Cowboy; and Reba tapped Kelly Clarkson for classic duet Does He Love You.

The throwbacks weren't just musical: During her performance with Clarkson, Reba was in the same red dress she famously wore at the 1993 CMA Awards to sing Does He Love You with Linda Davis.


 



















Source: USA Today 



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