Thomas Rhett brought a stripped down, two-song performance to the ACM Awards on Sunday, April 18.
Live from Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, the country superstar and reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year performed his latest chart-topping hit single “What’s Your Country Song” as well as the title track to his forthcoming new album, “Country Again.”
Prior to Rhett’s performance, the hitmaker shared that he “melted a couple songs together” for his ACM Awards appearance. He later added, “So it’s actually just me, a stool and a guitar playing a verse of ‘Country Again’ into ‘What’s Your Country Song,’ It’s pretty special, I’ve never actually gotten to with just me and a guitar at an awards show like this and it felt really nice just to be able to play at my own pace, at my own time, getting to really sing it out and feel it. It’s one of my favorite performances that I’ve gotten to do, strictly for that reason.”
.@ThomasRhett just performed “Country Again” & “Whats Your Country Song” from Nashville’s iconic @opry and it was 🙌! It’s not too late－watch the 56th #ACMawards on @CBS or @paramountplus NOW! pic.twitter.com/DZgABWbJ2W
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) April 19, 2021
Rhett was up for three nods, including Male Artist Of The Year and Entertainer Of The Year. In addition to those two aforementioned nominations, the country superstar also received a nod for Music Event Of The Year, however, Carly Pearce and Lee Brice took home the award for their collaborative track, “I Hope You’re Happy Now.”
The 56th ACM Awards also featured performances from Brothers Osborne, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton, Alan Jackson, 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.