Re-Live Carly Pearce’s Stunning Performance Of ‘What He Didn’t Do’ From ACM Honors

Carly Pearce took a break from her ACM Honors hosting duties to perform her latest single, “What He Didn’t Do.” …


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September 13, 2022


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Carly Pearce took a break from her ACM Honors hosting duties to perform her latest single, “What He Didn’t Do.” 

Sporting a gorgeous light blue gown adorned with a belt, Pearce delivered a stunning rendition of the chart-climbing song. 

“What He Didn’t Do” is featured on Pearce’s latest album, 29: Written In Stone. The fan-favorite track was co-written by Pearce, Ashley Gorley and Emily Shackleton. 

The deeply personal tune finds the songstress detailing everything her ex didn’t do throughout the relationship, rather than revealing what he officially did to end things. 

“So I ain’t gonna go and tell you what he did/ But I’ll tell you what he didn’t do/ / Treat me right, put me first, be a man of his word/ Stay home ’cause he wanted to/ always fight for my love, hold on tight like it’s something/ That he couldn’t stand to lose/ The devil’s in the details, I won’t tell the hell that he put me through/ All I know is in the end, it wasn’t what he did, no/ It was what he didn’t do,” she sings. 

Carly Pearce; Getty Images for ACM

“What He Didn’t Do” was the most-added song at country radio upon its official add date in mid-June and continues to climb the charts at country radio. 

Ahead of the show, Pearce opened up about the opportunity to take part in ACM Honors and shared her excitement over seeing her peers being celebrated for their contributions to country music.  

 “I think that the ACM Honors is a special event honoring the biggest moments in country music and the biggest artists that have made the most impact in the year and it’s always such a special event to see different performers perform other artists’ songs and the love in the room is so big,” she said. “So many great artists are getting honored – people that I really look up to – like Shania Twain and Miranda Lambert. Morgan Wallen is being honored, as he’s so deserving, and it’s just a really special night.”

Hosted by Pearce, the reigning ACM Female Artist of the Year, the 15th Annual ACM Honors took place on Wednesday, August 24 at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Dubbed “Country Music industry’s favorite night,” ACM Honors recognized several special honorees, including ACM Triple Crown Award recipient Miranda Lambert, ACM Spirit Award recipient Chris Stapleton, ACM Poet’s Award recipient Shania Twain, ACM Milestone Award recipient Morgan Wallen and ACM Film Award recipient Yellowstone.

Performers and presenters included Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, The Warren Brothers, Brooks & Dunn, Dan + Shay, Eric Church, Jordan Davis, ERNEST, Jesse Frasure, Vince Gill, Ashley Gorley, Mickey Guyton, HARDY, Wynonna Judd, Avril Lavigne, Little Big Town, Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson and more.

ACM Award winner and Grammy nominee Trace Adkins was also on hand to perform his cover of “A Country Boy Can Survive,” from the brand new FOX country music drama MONARCH, in which he stars alongside Susan Sarandon and Anna Friel.

ACM Honors premiered on Tuesday, September 13 at 8/7c on FOX. The show will be available to stream the following day on Hulu. 

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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.