Keith Urban’s 2021 ACM Awards Performance Of ‘Tumbleweed’ Was A Total Barn-Burner

Keith Urban; Photo Courtesy of CBS
Keith Urban; Photo Courtesy ACM Awards
Keith Urban; Photo Courtesy of CBS

Keith Urban took a short break from his ACM Awards co-hosting duties for the live performance debut of “Tumbleweed.” 

The song is featured on the 15-time ACM Award winner’s latest album, The Speed of Now

“It’s a bit of a barn burner – and I’m going to be doing it with my band on stage,” Urban revealed prior to the show. “We’ve never done this song anywhere let alone on a TV show – but we’ve never done it live on stage or played it together as a band. So, we’re going to be cramming in some rehearsal time between now and Sunday and just going for it, but I can’t wait to be on stage with my band again.”

Urban was nominated for two ACM Awards this year, both in the Music Event of the Year category. 

The 56th ACM Awards also featured performances from Brothers Osborne, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Lady A, Ashley McBryde, Gabby Barrett, Jimmie Allen, Little Big Town and more.

Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations by Dierks Bentley feat. The War And Treaty, Miranda Lambert with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd, Chris Young feat. Kane Brown, Carly Pearce and Lee Brice, as well as Carrie Underwood & CeCe Winans. The show opener featured the live debut of Elle King and Miranda Lambert’s duet, “Drunk (And I Don’t Want To Go Home).”

Co-hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, the 2021 ACM Awards took place in Music City for the second consecutive year. The three-hour awards show took place at three iconic Nashville venues, including Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. The awards show aired on Sunday, April 18 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET) on CBS Television Network and were also streamed live on CBS All Access.

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