Brian Ives // Managing Editor, Beasley Media
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 07: Chris Stapleton performs onstage during the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards at Allegiant Stadium on March 07, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As always, there were great performances at the ACM Awards at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas earlier tonight. All of the artists, both new and legendary, brought their A game. But here was the best of the best.
Stapleton performed “Watch You Burn,” a song about the gunman who killed 60 country music fans at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas. As usual, Stapleton didn’t need to say anything, the music did the talking and it was an incredibly powerful moment.
Thanks to her TV show, we know that Kelly Clarkson can pretty much cover anyone. But she really went for it tonight, performing Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” Dolly, who hosted the show, said that the performance brought her to tears, and that Whitney Houston would be proud.
They had two great performances, actually: first their song “Skeletons,” which saw the Brothers and their band sticking with their glow in the dark motif, and their show-closing cover of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” with Brittney Spencer (Ms. Sinatra tweeted about it, saying, “Loved what @brothersosborne and @BrittNicx did with Boots on the @ACMawards tonight! I’m always flattered when young people find me. I’m glad the song still has a life of its own.”