ACM Awards 2020: Re-Live The Night’s Five Best Performances

The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards aired on Wednesday (Sept. 16), bringing a small sense of normalcy to an…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 17, 2020


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Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Mickey Guyton, Kane Brown, Miranda Lambert

The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards aired on Wednesday (Sept. 16), bringing a small sense of normalcy to an incredibly unpredictable year. Although the show was a bit different this year, airing from Nashville instead of Las Vegas and without a live audience, the star-studded broadcast offered a much-needed taste of live music.

The 2020 ACM Awards, included several buzzed-about moments, including a plot twist no one saw coming with Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood tying for the night’s top honor of Entertainer of the Year, as well as a few show-stopping performances that had fans talking long after the cameras stopped rolling.

Here, we re-live the night’s top moments with a look back at Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Mickey Guyton, Kane Brown and Miranda Lambert’s incredible performances.

Eric Church’s performance of “Ragged Old Flag” by Johnny Cash and “Stick That In Your Country Song”

Carrie Underwood’s show-stopping tribute to the trailblazing women of the Grand Ole Opry

Mickey Guyton’s history-making performance of “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?”

Kane Brown’s unifying “Worldwide Beautiful”

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Miranda Lambert’s stunning rendition of “Bluebird” at The Bluebird Cafe

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.