Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by John Shearer/Getty Images • April 3, 2017
Florida Georgia Line kicked off their performance on the floor at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with their colloborators The Backstreet Boys helping them out on their "God, Your Mama and Me." The A-list audience seemed super into the new hit (Keith Urban was singing along), but it was when FGL transitioned into 1997's "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," when the crowd went wild. Complete with choreography and a powered-up band, the performance was unexpected, but it gave fans a glimpse of what might go down when BSB joins FGL on three dates of their upcoming Smooth Tour (get those tickets here).
Chris Stapleton took the ACM Awards stage for the second year in a row, and this time, he had new music. Stapleton was nominated for three awards at the show for his work on his debut album, 2015's Traveller, but he was all about a new joint, "Second One to Know," expected to appear on his upcoming sophomore album. The song was a racuous, bluesy jam, which had the bearded dude shredding like a storm, and harmonizing with his band, which included his wife, Morgane. Stapleton's new album is expected out on May 5, the same day that he embarks on his All-American Roadshow (get tickets here).
Miranda Lambert won Album of the Year at Sunday night's awards show, and for good reason. The Weight of These Wings was a heartbreaking album about loss (her breakup with Blake Shelton was very public) that spoke for her even when she didn't say things outright. "Tin Man" was a good example of that, and when she performed it onstage, she had everyone captivated. With just her voice and an acoustic guitar, Lambert relayed everything she needed to get across, and had fans weeping from home. Catch Miranda Lambert's raw performances on tour this summer with these tickets.
A couple who duets together stays together! OK, so that might not be a real saying, but it definitely stands true for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, who have been singing together since 1997, a year after they were married. The power couple took their latest duet, "Speak to a Girl," to the ACM Awards stage, starting off on either wing and walking slowly toward each other as they sang the chorus: "You better respect your mama / Respect the hell outta her / 'Cause that's how you talk to a woman / And that's how you speak to a girl." After they finished the ballad, Hill jumped into McGraw's arms and gave him a big smooch. They have a lot to be happy about -- their album full of duets is expected later this year and their ongoing Soul2Soul Tour, which runs all the way until October.
Lady Antebellum injected a little funk into their ACM Awards performance, inviting a brass section along with them to perform "You Look Good" from their upcoming album. The song still had a country lilt, but there was an extra bit of oomph added to ditty when Hillary Scott growled out her adoration for an attractive mate: "You look good, so fresh, so fine / You look good, got everybody watching you like cameras in Hollywood / Baby you look good." Trumpets, saxophones and trombones flanked either side of the trio as they gave Sin City its share of raunchiness. They'll be bringing that attitude around the globe on their You Look Good World Tour, starting in May, so make sure you scoop up tickets.
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