Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood brought the the 2022 ACM Award winner for Single of the Year to life at the Las Vegas show, performing their mega-hit duet, “If I Didn’t Love You.”
Starting out solo, Aldean got the broken-hearted anthem underway, rising from underneath a stage blanketed in smoky fog. Playing a grand piano, he crooned from emotional rock bottom, wondering why he can’t just let his lost love go. … And then he was reminded.
Descending from the rafters in a giant, circular swing, Underwood touched down on the stage just as her vocal lifted to the sky. With Aldean looking tough in a dark red leather jacket and black hat, and Underwood channeling “Before He Cheats” in a leather skirt and gem-studded black blouse, the superstars sang at each other rather than with each other — embodying the broken theme of the song — and came together only to split apart again. The tune ended with a massive explosion of pyrotechnics, but there was no welding this relationship back together.
Underwood came into the night nominated in four categories — including the night’s top honor, Entertainer of the Year. She previously shared the EOTY honor with Thomas Rhett in 2020. Underwood’s three other nominations were for Single, Video and Music Event of the Year for “If I Didn’t Love You” with Jason Aldean. She and Aldean won their award earlier in the night.
Marking the first time a major country awards show aired exclusively as a live stream, the 57th annual ACM Awards took place on Monday (March 7) at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium. Co-hosted by Dolly Parton with Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett, the show featured more than 20 performances and was carried by Amazon Prime Video. Check out full coverage of the 2022 ACM Awards here, including a full list of winners.