Country stars shine in Vegas at Academy of Country Music awards

Luke Bryan

Luckily the performers at ACM Awards include a good number of female musicians.

Fans of This Is Us know star Chrissy Metz has an wonderful voice, but the country music world finally got to hear her fantastic pipes at the 2019 ACM Awards on Sunday, April 7 in Las Vegas.

Ashley McBryde, who won new female artist of the year, also was memorable: almost in tears, she strummed her guitar and beautifully sang "Girl Goin' Nowhere". Still, backstage in the media room after the show, McEntire told The Boot and other outlets that the status quo is changing when it comes to women in country music. "Thank you, @carrieunderwood, @maddieandtae, @laurenalaina and @mickeyguyton for making this a night for the books!" she wrote.

Grammy award album of the year victor Kacey Musgraves was glaringly absent from the all-male nominees top category. To my team who never cease to amaze me, I love you very much!

But both honours, along with single of the year, went to Dan + Shay.

"It'll work out", said Musgraves, who won four Grammys earlier this year, including album of the year and best country album.

The actress perfomed the movie's anthem, "I'm Standing With You", joined by singers Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina, Mickey Guyton and Maddie & Tae.

This year's show will air on CBS. Musgraves is the first artist to win the Grammy, ACM Award, and CMA Award for Album Of The Year since Taylor Swift in 2010.

Host Reba McEntire, marking a record 16th time in the job, wasted no time in addressing one of the evening's touchy subjects - the lack of women nominees in some top categories.

The ACMAs will once again feature "ACM Flashbacks", honoring classic country music hits and the artists whose music continues to influence musicians and fans alike.

On Sunday night, she altered the lyrics and belted out the updated line, "I got the hell out of Oklahoma".

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