Mickey Guyton Brings Powerful Performance Of ‘Hold On’ To 2021 ACM Awards

Mickey Guyton took a break from her ACM Awards co-hosting duties to take the stage for a performance of “Hold…


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April 18, 2021


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Mickey Guyton took a break from her ACM Awards co-hosting duties to take the stage for a performance of “Hold On.” 

The song was co-written by Guyton alongside Karen Kosowski and Victoria Banks and featured in the 2019 motion picture Breakthrough. Guyton previously shared the story behind “Hold On,” revealing that the track came together very quickly. 

“Honestly, it was a God moment that this even happened,” she explained. “We had a brief synopsis of a scene in the movie, and 24 hours to turn in a song.  We took inspiration from the story, and our own personal experiences, and “Hold On” came together quickly.  I just feel so honored to be part of this film.  Chrissy Metz is magical and did an amazing job showing the love of a mother for her child.”

Ahead of the show, Guyton opened up about how being a mom has changed her perception of the song. 

“This song means so much to me, as a new mom and during this time of hardships for so many people,” she shared. “It’s so important to hold on and don’t let go and I hope I can bring people hope when I sing this song.”

Guyton was nominated for ACM New Female Artist of the Year and shared co-hosting duties with 15-time ACM Award winner Keith Urban. 

The 56th ACM Awards also featured performances from Brothers Osborne, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Lady A, Ashley McBryde, Keith Urban, 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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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.