Ashley McBryde Layed Out Her ‘One Night Standards’ at 2020 CMA Awards

Written by Cillea Houghton
Ashley McBryde Layed Out Her ‘One Night Standards’ at 2020 CMA Awards
Ashley McBryde performs “One Night Standards” at “The 54th Annual CMA Awards,” on Wednesday, November 11, 2020; live on ABC from Music City Center in Downtown Nashville; Photo courtesy of CMA

Ashley McBryde layed out her “One Night Standards” at the 2020 CMA Awards. 

Following her fiery performance as part of the Charlie Daniels tribute that opened the show, McBryde offered a subdued “One Night Standards,” the lead single off her Album of the Year nominated Never Will. Armed with her axe and backed by her band, McBryde was clearly in her element on stage, her voice on point and audience members swaying, proving whey she’s also a Female Vocalist of the Year nominee as she sang, “How it goes is, bar closes/There’s no king bed covered in roses/Just a room without a view/I don’t want a number, you ain’t gonna answer/Let’s just stick to the one night standards.”

The song became a certified hit for McBryde, as it earned both Gold status in the United States and Canada, and also topped the Canadian country charts.

“I grew up listening to albums in addition to flipping through the country radio dial, so some of the biggest songs that influenced my career weren’t the ones you heard on the radio,” McBryde shared. “But that discovery – when the deejay said ‘and that was Mary Chapin Carpenter,’ or ‘that was Terri Clark,’ man, it would send me down a rabbit hole. If you can walk that line, introduce millions of new fans to your music and at the same time give them something to go deeper with on your records, then I think you’re right where you need to be. And right now, I’m very thankful to be here.”

McBryde is vying for the coveted Album of the Year alongside Luke Combs, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi and Miranda Lambert, the latter of whom is also up for Female Vocalist of the Year along with Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris and Kacey Musgraves.

Co-hosted by Darius Rucker and Reba McEntire, the 54th Annual CMA Awards aired live on ABC from Nashville’s Music City Center on November 11.