Country music’s best and brightest took center stage at the 2017 ACM Awards on Sunday night.
From funny bits courtesy of hosts Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley to show-stopping performances from artists like The Backstreet Boys (yes, they went country for the night!) and Sam Hunt, the 2017 ACM Awards had no shortage of stand-out moments that we’re sure we’ll be talking about for quite some time.
If you missed all the action, or maybe just want to relive some of the best moments of the night, we’ve compiled a list of six of the most memorable moments from this year’s awards. Check out some of our favorite moments from the 2017 ACM Awards below.
1. The killer opening number.
What’s better than one Country superstar? In the case of the 2017 ACMs, the answer is four! The telecast kicked things off with a showstopping opening number that included performances from all of this year’s ACM Entertainer of the Year nominees. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban all took the stage back to back and showed the world exactly why they’re deserving to be nominees in the coveted category. We’re betting country music lovers everywhere were absolutely thrilled about getting to hear some of their favorites rock the stage right off the bat!
2. The hosts’ hilarious Vegas adventure.
They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley didn’t have a problem sharing a highlights reel of their adventures in Sin City with the entire ACM audience. From fishing at the iconic Bellagio fountain to getting some acrobatics training with Circ du Solei, it’s clear the ACM Awards hosts made the most of their time in town!
3. Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, and Joe Walsh’s touching tribute to Chuck Berry.
The music world lost another legendary artists when Chuck Berry passed away earlier this year. Though he’s gone, the legendary artist will certainly never be forgotten. In fact, Bryan and Bentley did the iconic guitarist proud at the ACM Awards when they hit the stage with Eagles member Joe Walsh for showstopping performance of “Johnny B. Goode” that really got the crowd going.
4. Miranda Lambert wins big.
Miranda Lambert put out one of her most candid records to date when The Weight of These Wings made its grand debut in November of 2016, and it’s clear the personal nature of her latest songs touched many far and wide. In fact, the singer walked away with two awards before the night wrapped, including Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year. Lambert kept things short, sweet — and very honest — when she went up to accept the latter.
“Thank you for letting me use my heartbreak and sharing it with me,” said Lambert before handing the mic over to her producers.
5. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s beautiful duet.
When it comes to country music, it’s safe to say Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are practically royalty. The real life husband and wife took the stage together at the ACM Awards and treated the audience in house and at home to a stunning performance of “Speak To A Girl.” We’re sure we’re not the only ones who got goosebumps watching these two perform together!
6. The Backstreet Boys team up with Florida Georgia Line.
Everyone’s favorite ’90s boyband may not be the first group that comes to mind when you think country music, but it’s safe to say BSB tore up the stage when they hit the ACM Awards with Florida Georgia Line. In one of our favorite performances of the night, the boy band and the country superstars treated audiences in attendance and watching at home to the first ever live performance of their collaborative single, “God, Your Mama And Me,” and we already can’t wait for this supergroup of talented musicians to collab again!
What was your favorite moment of the ACM Awards 2017? Let us know in the comments below!
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