Following Thursday morning’s (Feb. 10) nominee announcement, the country superstar took to social media to celebrate her nominations and reflect on her musical journey.
“When I get news like this, I almost don’t know what to say,” Pearce said, struggling to find the words to say. “It always surprises me, because I know how good my peers are – and respect them so much. This has been such a journey, and I take none of it for granted ever. Each one of these nominations means the world to me. Know that! Know how much all of this means to me…😭♥️”
29: Written In Stone becomes Pearce’s first ACM Awards Album Of The Year nod.
“The people who’ve come up and told me what this album meant to them; how it helped at their lowest made me feel 29 was much more than my life,” Pearce said in a statement. “So this nomination, which blows me away, feels as much for anyone who’s found a shred of hope, or strength, or courage in even one of the songs.”
The Kentucky native also scored her second Female Artist Of The Year nomination, which she said “is obviously, the thing every little girl dreams of.” She later added, “All those years in the shows at Dollywood, you’d imagine… but maybe never truly dream… and to be nominated this year with Dolly hosting? It’s beyond a dream.”
Nominated alongside her friend and collaborator Ashley McBryde, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” earned nods for both Video Of The Year and Music Event Of The Year.
“In cheating, no one ever thinks about the two people harmed,” Pearce said. “It’s always about the person who did you wrong, or the person who led them astray. Ashley brings such a strong sense of all the people in a story, too, so this song was a natural thing to us – even though it’s rarely done, and never from a place of how bad being misled makes you feel. It’s a grown-up song, but it sure feels honest.”
For Pearce, who joined the Grand Ole Opry this year and will spend the summer on the road on Kenny Chesney’s entire Here and Now 2022 Tour, music remains her prime motivator.
Co-hosted by global icon Dolly Parton and reigning New Female and Male Artist Of The Year, Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen, the 2022 ACM Awards will take place on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
“I am so excited to be hosting the ACM Awards on March 7 from Vegas. Watch for us because we’re going to have some fun,” Parton previously shared.
For the first time ever, the show will stream on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, rather than on CBS. This marks the first time a major awards show has livestreamed exclusively.
The show promises to be a nonstop party, bringing legendary artists together with today’s favorites for exciting and unexpected collaborations, surprising moments fans will never forget, and world television-premiere performances.
More details, including the ACM Awards performance lineup, will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets to attend the 2022 ACM Awards are currently on-sale at Ticketmaster.com.