Carly Pearce and Lee Brice Win Music Event of the Year Ahead of 2021 ACM Awards

Carly Pearce and Lee Brice are already big winners ahead of this Sunday’s 56th ACM Awards!  The superstars were surprised…


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April 15, 2021


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Carly Pearce and Lee Brice are already big winners ahead of this Sunday’s 56th ACM Awards! 

The superstars were surprised with the news that they won ACM Music Event of the Year for “I Hope You’re Happy Now” on Thursday (April 15).

Pearce and Brice were nominated in the category alongside “Be A Light” by Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban, “Does To Me” by Luke Combs featuring Eric Church, “Nobody But You” by Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani, “One Beer” by HARDY featuring Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson and “One Too Many” by Keith Urban with P!nk. 


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Pearce is also nominated for Female Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for “I Hope You’re Happy Now” with Brice. 

“I’ve had a hard time comprehending that I’m nominated for three awards,” Pearce shared with press ahead of the ACMs. “This song has been such a huge part of my story. This song is an apology I wrote to somebody in my past. It’s completely changed my whole world and made so many of my country music dreams come true in the last year. To be nominated for Female Artist of the Year is a total dream in itself come true.”

Pearce and Brice are scheduled to perform the chart-topping collaboration during the ACM Awards on Sunday. The 2021 ACM Awards will return to Music City, broadcasting live from three iconic venues around Nashville. 

The star-studded event will air on Sunday, April 18 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on CBS Television Network and will be streamed live and on-demand on Paramount+ and CBS All Access.

“I Hope You’re Happy Now” was written by Pearce alongside Luke Combs, Jonathan Singleton and Randy Montana. The track is featured on Pearce’s self-titled sophomore album, which was released in early 2020. Her latest project, the deeply personal 29, is available everywhere now. 

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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.