WATCH: Avril Lavigne Shocks Fans With Stellar Shania Twain Cover On ACM Honors

Avril Lavigne honored Shania Twain with a special tribute performance at the ACM Honors in Nashville, Tennessee. The pop-punk princess…


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September 13, 2022

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Avril Lavigne, Shania Twain; Photos by Getty Images for ACM

Avril Lavigne honored Shania Twain with a special tribute performance at the ACM Honors in Nashville, Tennessee.

The pop-punk princess took to the stage at The Ryman Auditorium to perform Twain’s 1990 hit “No One Needs To Know” as a special tribute to Twain, who was being honored with the ACM Poet’s Award.

Avril Lavigne; Photo by Getty Images for ACM
Avril Lavigne; Photo by Getty Images for ACM

During the performance and on the red carpet, Lavigne channeled Twain’s 1998 “That Don’t Impress Me Much” music video donning a hooded leopard outfit with a punk rock twist that included a leather mini-skirt, black combat boots and a spiked motorcycle jacket.

Lavigne’s cover got Twain and Kelsea Ballerini out of their seats singing and dancing along.

After Lavigne’s tribute, Twain graciously thanked the 37-year-old hitmaker, who she dubbed “plain ol’ kick-ass,” while accepting the high honor of the ACM Poet’s Award. She continued by praising Lavigne’s performance before telling Lavigne that she “should’ve gone into country [music], honestly. You’re doing good in your own genre.”

Shania Twain and Avril Lavigne; Photo by  Erika Goldring/Getty Images for ACM
Shania Twain and Avril Lavigne; Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for ACM

Lavigne shares a special connection with Twain as a fellow Canadian and longtime fan, who at age 14 won a radio station contest to share the stage with the country hitmaker.

The pair recently spent some time together during Boots And Hearts festival in Ontario, Canada, where Lavigne stopped by to watch Twain perform a set full of iconic hits.

“Look who came to @bootsandhearts!! I’m so happy I got to spend some time with @avrillavigne yesterday” Twain wrote alongside a photo with Lavigne at the event. ”So fun to see the videos of the girls partying side of stage, love it! ”

Ahead of the ACM Honors, Lavigne took to Instagram stories to showcase her outfit with fans.

“I’m here today in Nashville for the ACM Honors to present Shania Twain with the ACM Poets Awards,” Lavigne said in the clip. ”I’m channeling my inner Shania Twain right now with my leopard. Let’s go girls!”

The “Love Sux” singer also made a TikTok in the Twain-inspired ensemble, which was soundtracked by Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like A Woman.”

In the TikTok clip, Lavigne is seen strutting alongside a tour bus outside “The Mother Church” prior to taking the stage.


Let’s Go Girls 🧡🖤 @Shania Twain

♬ Man! I Feel Like A Woman! – Shania Twain

Following the coveted awards ceremony, Lavigne made her way to Miranda Lambert’s Casa Rosa in Downtown Nashville to party with Lambert.

The “Bois Lie” singer took to social media to share a selfie with the country hitmaker at her Lower Broadway bar as well as a clip of her and Lambert sharing chips, salsa and guacamole in the VIP balcony.

Hosted by reigning ACM Female Artist of the Year, Carly Pearce, 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, 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.