Women Dominated a 2018 ACM Awards

Push postponement on focusing on where women aren’t in nation strain — the 2018 ACM Awards were a glance during what’s possible. Women dominated!

From tip to bottom, Sunday night’s (April 15) show was a consistent, sparkling telecast that featured dual dozen in-genre performances and reached unequivocally frequency for something meant to enthuse ratings. A Jonas Brother was never interconnected with a rising nation star. Katy Perry didn’t spin up. Even yet he was a retard away, Justin Timblerake wasn’t invited. The ACM Awards kept it country.

Producers also gave a format’s tip womanlike artists a possibility to shine, and they glimmered. Carrie Underwood‘s opening of “Cry Pretty” was heavily promoted, frequency expected and in a end, phenomenal. She won a night, and not only since of a oddity that came with wanting to see her face for a initial time post-fall. Underwood won since a timid, exposed opening became something confidant and pleasing before a unequivocally eyes. This was some-more than selected Carrie Underwood — this was examination a many means vocalist in our genre find her voice again.

Host Reba McEntire valid wrong anyone who called for a some-more contemporary uncover leader. The fable was sharp, smart and on-point from a word go, frequency blank a symbol with any of her tightly-worded jokes, though if she did, she changed on like a loyal professional. It would be a contrition if a 63-year-old isn’t invited behind in 2019. As a uncover ebbed and flowed, McEntire injected comedy and light, bringing us behind after flat, truncated performances by artists in a New Artist divisions, and Chris Young. Luke Bryan also missed an event during apropos noted with a predicted opening of “Most People Are Good,” a strain that turns bad moods around when it plays on a radio.

As they mostly do, Billboard ranked all 25 performances from final to first, and in 2018 female artists make adult 8 of a Top 10 ACMs moments. Kelsea Ballerini‘s theatric opening of “I Hate Love Songs” and Maren Morris‘ confident, voluptuous showgirl series “Rich” were highlights, though not to be lost is Miranda Lambert‘s “Keeper of a Flame” and Lauren Alaina‘s further to Kane Brown‘s “What Ifs.” This was one of a many viral performances of a night, with viewers searching to learn some-more about a “Heaven” singer. Like Bebe Rexha progressing on, Alaina was most some-more than decoration. Her chemistry with a nation visitor was pristine rapture.

Kelly Clarkson assimilated McEntire to sing “Does He Love You” late in a show, slipping into a same argumentative red dress she wore during a 1993 CMA Awards opening of a same strain with Linda Davis. This was Billboard and Taste of Country’s second-best impulse and one of unequivocally few we’ll speak about in years to come. It’s the inlet of awards shows — no one unequivocally cares who wins (Think fast! Which strain won Single of a Year?), though if a uncover is executed scrupulously we hang onto an tension that drives tune-in when a calendar turns over.

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In selecting to compartmentalize a Route 91 Harvest Festival reverence and concentration on non-political, in-genre performances, a ACM producers took a chance. Done wrong a uncover would have smelled as dry as your grandmother’s cot — we can’t rest at nostalgia during Country Music’s Biggest Party — though finished right, it’d be universal. This was a flighty cocktail that strived to greatfully everyone, and interjection to McEntire, Underwood, Morris, Alaina and more, it did only that.

There is definitely a prolonged approach to go before anything that looks like gender equivalence exists in nation music, but this was a good night! Eleven of 25 performances featured women, with eight showcasing women as a leaders (can we greatfully stop ignoring a female-fronted Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town when it comes to adding adult women on a radio?!). That’s not mathematically equal, though it’s progress. Celebrate it.

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