“Mamas Don’t Let Your Cowboys Grow Up To Be Babies” — Cody Johnson’s 2023 ACM Awards Performance Is One Of The Best

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Still one of the best ACM Awards performance from recent memory.

With the ACM Awards happening tomorrow evening in Texas, we’ve been taking a look back at some all-time great moments from Miranda Lambert, Alan Jackson, George Jones and plenty more.

But in terms of more recent ACM standout moments, I always think back on last year when Cody Johnson tipped his cap to country greats Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings with a fantastic cover of their classic hit, “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”

It caught the attention for fans because of course CoJo nailed it, but also because he changed the lines in  the chorus ever so slightly to send a very intentional message:

“Mamas don’t let your cowboys grow up to be babies”

And just to make sure everybody know he meant it, Cody added this in the middle of his performance:

“I meant what I said.”

It was awesome, and easily one of the best showings from an artist on the show last year, and he couldn’t be more right, but I digress…

And of course, “Mamas” was first recorded by Ed Bruce and co-written with his wife Patsy. Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson famously covered the song on their iconic 1978 duets album Waylon & Willie, which remains a fan-favorite to this day.

Their version spent four weeks at the top of the country charts in 1978, and they even won the Grammy award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1979.

I don’t know how anyone will top this tomorrow night, though. Such a great moment and props to CoJo for always tellin’ it like it is:

And I’ll leave you the iconic Highwaymen performance:

The 59th ACM Awards will be livestreamed live at The Star in Frisco, Texas exclusively on Prime Video this Thursday, May 16th at 8:00 PM EDT. The show will be hosted by Reba, who is also set to perform.

You can check out the full list of nominees HERE and all the performers HERE.

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