Live From My Living Room: ACM’s 2016

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Any country party beginning with Luke Bryan is sure to be a good party. And that’s exactly what’s happening tonight. He’s singing “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day” and he’s wearing a baseball hat. I’m so glad to see Luke rockin’ his super-country roots.

Luke just announced his co-host Dierks Bentley, and Blake Shelton shows up on the stage! I’m legitimately not sure if this is a prank because Luke’s lookin’ a little shocked.

Now it’s Blake Shelton’s turn to sing for real. Props to the lights guy because absolutely everything and everyone appears to be in black and white besides Blake. He’s singing “Came Here To Forget” and, honest moment, he has AGED.

Luke and Dierks are finally together on the stage and they are looking VERY GOOD in suits. I think Blake Shelton is having some #probz letting go with the hosting thing.

We’re getting a bunch of shout-outs dedicated to Chris Stapleton here -Charles Kelly (from Lady Antebellum), Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, even Carrie Underwood chimed in.

Old Dominion is the new vocal group of the year, and they’re singing Snapback.

Kenny Chesney is up, singing “Noise.” He’s staying true to himself in jeans and a cowboy hat. Side note shout-out to Kenny’s bass player, a female #girlboss.

Jana Kramer and Von Miller announced Song of the Year. Nominees: Burning House, Girl Crush, Nobody to Blame, Raise Them Up, She Don’t Love You. Chris Stapleton wins with Nobody To Blame. I think he deserves it but I would have loved Cam to win that one.

Cassidy Pope and Chris Young are singing “Think Of You.”These two make a good duo! Cassidy Pope is wearing a tight and sparkling gold pantsuit. 10 points for her blinged-out microphone box matching her outfit though. They ended the song with a hug which was perfect and adorable.

Chris Janson is announcing the campaign Fight Hunger. Here is the link in case anyone wants to check it out.

The next performer, Eric Church, is looking classic as always. He’s singing “Record Year” which is turning into a jam-sesh featuring some artists who recently passed away.

Dierks Bentley is up next performing “Somewhere On A Beach.” Observation: his guitar is 100% for decorative purposes in this song. Observation 2: Things are a little awk because nobody knows the words to the song yet. A bunch of ladies are swaying in the background…

Cam is up next, performing Burning House. She is beautiful with her classic blonde curly hair and a simple dress. I like the arrangement she put together for this show. Normally I’d say this song is too sad/slow for an awards show, but it’s such a popular and loved song that she pulled it off.

Miss America and Jake Owen are performing the next song together. TWO. GOOD. LOOKING. PEOPLE. right here. Single Record of the Year nominations: Burning House, Buy Me A Boat, Die A Happy Man, Girl Crush, I’m Comin’ Over, and Take Your Time. The winner is Thomas Rhett with Die A Happy Man. He gave a real cute thank you speech acknowledging his wife first. #goals.

Jason Aldean is singing “Lights Go On,” and I’m thinking it’s new because I don’t know it yet.

Garth Brooks was video-recorded in to do an announcement for the ACMs. Album of the yera nominees are: I’m Comin Over (Chris Young), Montevallo (Sam Hunt), Mr. Misunderstood (Eric Church), Tangled Up (Thomas Rhett), and Traveler (Chris Stapleton). With no surprise, Chris Stapleton wins with Traveler.

Cole Swindell is singing an acoustic version of You Should Be Here, which is so fitting and so sweet.

Brett Eldridge is singing “Drunk On Your Love” while walking down the aisle with flowers. He handed out five flowers to the luckiest five ladies ever.

Keith Urban is performing “Wasted Time.” He looks classic in black pants and a t-shirt. Props to the stage crew because there were flames and wind on the stage. Talk about a hot performance 😉

Little Big Town is up next with a big band crew on stage with them. They’re singing “Stay All Night.” I will always think that Karen and Kimberly are among the prettiest singers ever. I will admit that I’m not 100% sure about Karen’s black and mesh star-patterned pantsuit. I can fully support Kimberly’s pink tasseled dress. THIS IS WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE ACMS. I love that LBT just performed a song from their album with a total fresh take.

Let’s all have a mini freak out sesh because KELSEA BALLERINI IS PERFORMING! She’s singing “Love Me Like You Mean It.” She’s wearing a blue romper and heels. She looks comfortable on the stage which is so impressive since she’s so young and new. Kelsea paused for a quick second to sing to her new single, “Peter Pan.” She also clipped an long blue skirt extension onto her romper. BRB while I continue drooling because I haven’t seen Nick Jonas in ages and he looks amazing in his leather jacket. Nick played the guitar and sang and I am in happy shock and satisfaction reflecting on this amazing performance.

Little Big Town announced Tim McGraw next, singing Humble and Kind. The crowd is waving their arms wrapped in glowing bracelets. Tim appears to be surrounded by fireflies; it’s magic. Everyone knows all the words to Humble and Kind. I can hear the crowd belting out the lyrics. What a powerful, moving performance. People are dressed up on stage, representing various cultures and occupations. I can tell that Tim is deeply moved by his own song.

Charles Kelley is singing “Lonely Girl,” and he definitely is displaying a new side of himself with a patterned short-sleeved collared shirt and to background singer-dancers. Charles is one talented dude, but I’m not the number-one-fan of his solo career.

Martina McBride and Darius Rucker spoke to honor the life of Joey Feek. The crowd regognized her life with a very nice applause. Then, Martina and Darius announced the Vocal Group of the Year nominees: Eli Young Band, Old Dominion, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts. LBT is the winner and I continue to be so proud of them.

TIME TO GEEK OUT BECAUSE CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS RELEASING HER NEW SINGLE, CHURCH BELLS. I love this song. In a word, this performance is creative. Carrie looks so tough. Lights are shining everywhere. Carrie’s wearing strappy black heels and a silver dress that could have also been used in the Hunger Games (this is meant to be a compliment). The stage is covered with smoke and staircases. CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS REALLY GOOD AT HER JOB.

We have Kiefer Sutherland announcing the female vocalist nominees: Kelsea Ballerini, Jana Kramer, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood. (Can they all win? I LOVE ALL OF THEM.) Miranda Lambert is the winner. LOVE. HER. She looks really good in black and silver.

Sam Hunt is singing “Make You Miss Me,” and he’s playing the piano too. Sam is wearing a white track suit with a baseball hat and white shoes. There’s a bunch of lights shining on the piano. The performance is simple and classic but I’m okay with that, because #SamHunt.

Thomas Rhett is performing “Die A Happy Man.” Keeping things very classic and simple, Thomas gave a very sweet performance. The camera showed a teary-eyed Mrs. Rhett. He’s a happy man, and she’s a lucky lady.

Miranda Lambert is singing “Tush” with ZZ Top and his very long beard.

Nancy O’Dell announced the nominees for the ACM Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Chris Stapleton. No surprise, Chris Stapleton takes another award.

Kacey Musgraves took the stage to announce Katy Perry. Can I say, she looks hilarious in a country costume with giant star earrings. Katy announced a trailer for Dolly Parton’s movie, “Coat of Many Colors.” I didn’t realize that Jennifer Nettles played a role in that movie, but now I reallllly want to see it.

Dolly has joined the stage with an extremely sparkling suit (I would expect nothing less).

Dolly Parton and Katy Perry are singing “Coat of Many Colors” together followed by a duet of “Jolene” and “9 to 5.”

Florida Georgia Line is performing “Confession.” The stage is filled with trees, smoke and lights. I think green rain is pouring down behind Brian and Tyler. …

Chris Stapleton is back on stage, this time to perform! He’s singing “Fire Away” with his wife (props to my roommate Megan for that fact).

Tom Hiddleston announced Entertainer of the Year. Nominees: Jason, Garth, Luke, Eric, Miranda. Jason Aldean is our Entertainer of the Year!

I am satisfied with tonight’s show. I love country music. I LOVE AMERICA!

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2 thoughts on “Live From My Living Room: ACM’s 2016

  1. I loved your review of the show, Sarah. Entertaining and insightful. I still think you could do a talk show.

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