With the ACM Awards coming up this week, let’s take a look back at one of the most memorable ACM moments in recent history.
Miranda Lambert’s shade at Blake Shelton.
Miranda blew the roof off, performing a medley of hits including “Kerosene,” “Gunpowder and Lead,” and a few more classics, but the moment that left everybody’s jaw hanging open was when she changed the lyrics of “Little Red Wagon” from “I live in Oklahoma” to a rather emphatic:
“I got the hell out of Oklahoma.”
I was an obvious dig at her ex-husband and Oklahoma native Blake Shelton, but let’s be honest… as petty as it may be, we all were BEGGING for the camera to show Blake’s face in that moment.
And granted, she had been performing the song with the lyric change for quite some time at this point, but never with Blake in the same room. Just let us see his reaction.
At the end of the day though, it makes sense to change the lyrics to something else. After all, she doesn’t live in Oklahoma anymore.
But still, it feels like she put a little something extra behind it with Blake in the room.
And we love her for it.
Of course, it’s not all bad blood.
Miranda has discussed her song “Over You,” which she wrote with Blake about his late brother. She called the song a really special moment and added that she was “glad” they had that together:
“It was really a special moment and I’m so glad we shared that song and that it helped his family heal, to have that together.”
2023 ACM Awards Announce First Round Of Performers
With the show just a few weeks away, the 58th ACM Awards are rolling out the list of performers.
Set to be livestreamed live at The Star in Frisco, Texas exclusively on Prime Video on May 11th at 8:00 PM EDT, the show will be will co-hosted for the first time by Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks.
Morgan Wallen is up for his first Entertainer of the Year Award, and Hardy and Lainey Wilson lead the pack with seven and six nominations, respectively. Zach Bryan is also up for his first-ever ACM Award in the New Male Artist of the Year category.
You can check out the entire list of nominees HERE.
They announced the first round of performers, which includes reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Miranda Lambert, as well as Luke Combs, Cody Johnson, Jo Dee Messina, Ashley McBryde, Dolly Parton, Jelly Roll, Cole Swindell, Keith Urban, Morgan Wallen, The War And Treaty, Lainey Wilson, Bailey Zimmerman, Jason Aldean and Kane Brown.
Save for a few artists on that list, it’s probably already the best lineup we’ve seen in many years, and there should be a few more great artists added before it’s all said and done.
But possibly most exciting will be the closing performance by Mrs. Dolly, where she will premiere lead single from her forthcoming rock album, Rock Star, “World On Fire.”
Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
ACM Awards 2014: Rascal Flatts Admits To Lip Syncing
Remember when Rascal Flatts were still a thing?
Well not only were they a thing back in 2014, they were one of the biggest things in country music.
Of course that’s not saying much, because country music really wasn’t in a great place at the time. I mean, just look at the 2014 ACM Awards. Two of the nominees for Album of the Year were Here’s To the Good Times by Florida Georgia Line and Crash My Party by Luke Bryan. Oh, and “Cruise” was also nominated for Single of the Year.
Yeah, not country music’s finest moment.
And at that year’s ACM Awards, Rascal Flatts also had another embarrassing moment for the genre when fans began to suspect that the group was lip-syncing during their performance of their then-current single “Rewind.”
Even fellow country artist Granger Smith took a shot at the performance – without calling the band out by name:
Well the next day they decided to address the controversy, admitting that yes, they were lip-syncing, and blaming it on their lead singer Gary LeVox losing his voice prior to the performance:
“After having performed several shows earlier in the week, Gary lost his voice. So, instead of canceling our commitment to do the show, we made a last minute decision to lip-sync. We’ve never done it before, and we’re obviously not very good at it. We look forward to singing live again in the very near future!”
There’s not any great video of the performance online (I guess they didn’t want that one out there for people to “rewind”), but in the video that’s out there, you can see what they mean when they say they’re not very good at the whole lip-syncing thing.
Yeah, it was pretty bad.
But despite getting publicly skewered for the lip-syncing flap, that didn’t stop fellow artist Garth Brooks from trying to get away with the same thing a few years later at the 2017 CMA Awards, when he admitted to lip-syncing during his performance of “Ask Me How I Know.”
Like Rascal Flatts, Garth blamed it on losing his voice ahead of the performance, but he was called out by fellow artist Eric Church who called lip-syncing a “red line” that artists should never cross:
“We don’t use machines. We use instruments. So the winner of the biggest category of the night lip-synced in the biggest moment on the show?
Fuck that! And I didn’t like his excuse at all.
It is and always will be a red line. It’s fabricated. I don’t want young artists thinking it’s OK, because it’s not.”
Apparently Rascal Flatts didn’t feel the same back in 2014…