The two got the party started by rolling into the Grand Ole Opry in a hot pink convertible, Lambert sporting a pair of hear-shaped glasses and King in star-shaped specs. The two then strutted on to the stage set up like an 80s-themed photo booth with colorful streamers hanging in the background, matching the ones adorned on their black leather jackets, pink streamers for Lambert and teal for King. The two brought a fun, free-spirited vibe that got the vaccinated, masked and socially-distanced Vanderbilt healthcare workers in the audience up and dancing as they sang, “So bartender, take my keys / What do you want from me? / Baby, I’m drunk and I don’t wanna go home,” the rousing performance setting the tone for the lively show.
King wrote the track with Martin Johnson (of Boys Like Girls) and is a song that perfectly encompasses her relationship with Lambert. “The true story of this song sums up our wild friendship,” she shared previously. “Miranda is someone I have looked up to as a songwriter, musician, performer, and human being for a long time. So our tumbleweed snowball story of getting to know each other is the ultimate real deal kinda thing. Nobody revs me up, kicks my ass on stage, or treats me more like family than Miranda Lambert.”
The two previously collaborated on the ACM-winning Vocal Event of the Year song “Fooled Around and Fell In Love,” which also featured Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes and Caylee Hammack. Lambert is nominated five times at tonight’s show, in categories including Female Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year and more.
The 2021 ACM Awards, hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, broadcast live on Sunday, April 18 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
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