Dierks Bentley & The War and Treaty Cover a U2 Classic at the 2021 ACM Awards

In a special performance at the 2021 ACM Awards on Sunday night (Apr. 18), Dierks Bentley was joined by Americana duo The War and Treaty for an electric, bluegrass rendition of U2’s “Pride (In The Name Of Love).”

The country veteran injected a shot of adrenaline into the 1984 classic by including some furious fiddle and soulful harmonies — courtesy of The War and Treaty’s Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount — along with his own acoustic guitar. The performance was dedicated to JT Gray, the owner of the famed Station Inn in Nashville who passed away last month; prior to the performance, Bentley spoke from the stage of the Station Inn, recalling his early interest in bluegrass music and describing Gray as a “leader of the bluegrass community.”

Bentley is nominated for male artist of the year at the ACM Awards, alongside Eric Church, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton. His music video for “Gone” was nominated for video of the year but lost out to Kane Brown’s “Worldwide Beautiful” clip.

The ACM Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions, which is owned by MRC. MRC and Penske Media are co-parent companies of Billboard.

Gabby Barrett Toasts to ‘The Good Ones’ at the 2021 ACM Awards

 

For her special performance at the 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards, Gabby Barrett decided to pay tribute to the loves worth holding on to with “The Good Ones.”

Taking to to an intimate stage at the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Barrett appeared clad in a white cowboy hat and a silk shirt, with her husband Cade Foehner accompanying her on guitar as she paid tribute to him through her beautiful, emotional song. “Anybody can be good once/ But he’s good all the time,” she sang. “He’s one of the good ones.”

At Sunday’s awards, Barrett won her first-ever ACM award for new female artist of the year, while also scoring a nomination for single of the year for her song “I Hope.” The singer was just one of a bevy of performers at the awards on Sunday, including other stars like Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris & more.

Check out a clip of Barrett’s performance of “The Good Ones” below:

The ACM Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions, which is owned by MRC. MRC and Penske Media are co-parent companies of Billboard.

 

Chris Stapleton Pays Homage to His Late Puppy on ‘Maggie’s Song’ at 2021 ACM Awards

On Sunday night (April 18) at this year’s ACM Awards, Chris Stapleton enlisted Miranda Lambert for an enchanting rendition of his 2020 single “Maggie’s Song.” 

Backed by Lambert, Stapleton paid tribute to his late family pup, who he encouraged to “run wild” on the song’s emotional chorus. “Run, Maggie run/ With the heart of a rebel child/ Oh, run, Maggie run/ Be just as free as you are wild,” he sang. Stapleton, with the help of Lambert, also sprinkled a dash of hope when he crooned these hopeful lyrics: “I can tell you right now/ That a dog has a soul… I never knew me a better dog/ I guess I never will.” 

Last year, Stapleton penned his ode to Maggie — a lab-terrier mutt — on his previous album, Starting Over. In an interview with The Tennessean, he reflected on the song’s emotive lyrics. “Every word and every stitch of that song is real things,” he said. “She was a member of the family, and she deserved a song.” 

The ACM Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions, which is owned by MRC. MRC and Penske Media are co-parent companies of Billboard.

Lady A Floats ‘Like a Lady’ For Their Performance at the ACM Awards 2021

Lady A didn’t take the conventional stage when the country band performed at the 56th annual ACM Awards held in Nashville on Sunday (April 18).

While other performers entertained from iconic locations The Bluebird Cafe, the Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry House, Lady A instead rocked their new song “Like a Lady” from the waterfront, with the lights of Nashville behind them. The group delivered an energetic and upbeat performance, as stage lights flashed and reflected off the dark water.

“‘Cause I feel like a lady/ Sippin’ on tequila with my Levi’s on/ A lady/ Singin’ to the music playin’ all night long/ Yeah, I’m feeling right, I’m living my life, I do what I like/ ‘Cause I feel like a lady, a lady,” singer Hillary Scott sang spiritedly on the song about female empowerment. Lady A released the song in March.

Lady A, who changed the name of their band from Lady Antebellum in June 2020 in response to the Black Lives Matter Movement, was nominated for group of the year. Old Dominion was victorious in the category.

Mickey Guyton and Keith Urban hosted the 56th annual ACM Awards, which were broadcast from three iconic Nashville locations: The Bluebird Cafe, Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry  House.

The ACM Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions, which is owned by MRC. MRC and Penske Media are co-parent companies of Billboard.

Maren Morris & Ryan Hurd Croon ‘Chasing After You’ at 2021 ACM Awards

Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd hit the stage at the socially distanced but in-person 2021 ACM Awards to perform their duet “Chasing After You.” Mickey Guyton introduced the performance, noting it was not their only recent collaboration – the country crooners, who married in 2018, recently welcomed a son into the world.

The stage set up called back to the “Chasing After You” music video, with the married couple singing the lovestruck ballad into each other’s eyes while golden grains bobbed in the background. Not exactly an against the grain performance, but they had a romantic field day with it.

The ACM Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions, which is owned by MRC. MRC and Penske Media are co-parent companies of Billboard.

Joe Jonas Rolls Up His Sleeve for COVID-19 Vaccine on NBC Special

Joe Jonas recently got his second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and he filmed it for the world to see.

Doing his part to persuade people to get vaccinated and help put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jonas joined NBC’s Roll Up Your Sleeves TV special, hosted by Ciara and Russell Wilson. The primetime event was created and produced by ATTN: and presented by Walgreens.

“I’m not good with needles,” Jonas admitted in a clip from the show, which aired at 7 p.m. ET Sunday night (April 18).

To keep him distracted as the vaccine was administered, he kept positive things on his mind: “I’m thinking about concerts and a yacht in Italy, Disney World, protecting my friends and family.”

Earlier this month, he shared a snapshot of himself and Sophie Turner showing off their muscles and bandages after they got their COVID-19 shots. Walgreens called them “Mr. (& Mrs.) Perfectly Vaccinated” on Twitter, making a joke about the Taylor Swift Fearless vault track “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” which may or may not reference her past relationship with Jonas.

Watch Joe Jonas get his COVID-19 vaccine below.

Thomas Rhett Brings a Pair of ‘Country’ Songs to the 2021 ACM Awards

Thomas Rhett took center stage at the ACM Awards on Sunday night (Apr. 18) for a performance of two singles from his upcoming Country Again, Side A set — both of which, appropriately, have “Country” in the title.

Rhett started off playing acoustic in a seated spotlight with just minimal accompaniment, for a stripped-down performance of his brand new Country Again title track. Then, after a verse and chorus of that ballad, Rhett stepped out of the chair to take the mic with his backing band for a rocking performance of his prior smash single, “What’s Your Country Song?”

Country Again, Side A, due on April 30, is the first half of what will ultimately be a double LP for Rhett — and “Country Song,” its lead single, recently became Rhett’s 16th single to top Billboard’s Country Airplay listing. Rhett is up for four trophies at this year’s ACM Awards, including male artist of the year and the much-coveted entertainer of the year honors.

The ACM Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions, which is owned by MRC. MRC and Penske Media are co-parent companies of Billboard.