With the 2023 ACM Awards just a couple days away, we’ve been taking the opportunity to look back at some great (and not so great), ACM moments from the past.
We recently took a look back at Miranda Lambert’s 2019 shade towards Blake Shelton during a performance of “Little Red Wagon,” Travis Tritt and actor Joe Pesci performing together in 1992, and of course, who could forget Alan Jackson’s 1994 protest performance without drumsticks? Legendary.
Miranda Lambert has had her fair share of ACM moments, whether it be performances, wins, or the aforementioned shade, but now, we’re taking it back to 2012.
If you remember to the 2012 ACM Awards, Ashton Kutcher strolled out dressed like a cowboy clown, absolutely butchered a cover of George Strait’s “I Cross My Heart,” and then introduced the nominees for Female Vocalist.
It was cringy at best, a mockery at worst… and some artists called him out for it.
Justin was a little more foreword with his response.
Ashton later replied to Miranda saying that he wasn’t making fun of it.
“I am one of the biggest country music fans you’ve ever met. Wasn’t making fun at all.”
The Iowa native is a country fan in fact (how big of one is debatable), but it doesn’t appear that he was actually trying to make fun of country music. Awards shows are always pretty corny, right?
So while it don’t think any harm was meant, it was still a pretty dumb moment in ACM Awards history, but also illustrates where these shows tend to fail. They love to bring in celebrities from outside of the genre to drum up some interest from non-country fans.
Only problem is that non-country fans still don’t watch the show, and the loyal country fans are left wondering why the hell Ashton Kutcher is on stage looking like a bozo.
Miranda later admitted that Ashton loved “real country music” when the two met at the Kentucky Debry a month later.
The 57th Annual ACM Awards airs live from Las Vegas on Monday, March 7th, only on Amazon Prime.
And speaking of a little George Strait, here’s how it’s done.
“I Cross My Heart”