2021 ACM Awards: Miranda Lambert and Elle King Premiere ‘Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)’

by Jacklyn Krol
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Miranda Lambert and Elle King brought “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” to the 2021 ACM Awards.

The pair kicked off the ACM Awards show with a bang! “Whoever’s idea this was for us to start the show is cool, they know what’s up. It’s definitely awesome to start it with such a fun bang,” King said ahead of the show. This marked their debut televised performance of the song.

The women arrived to the show in style, via a bright pink convertible. The women drove up to the backstage Grand Ole Opry entrance together. Similar to the 80s inspired music video, the women donned sequin leotards with rhinestones and fringe. They walked down the ACMs red carpet and arrived on the stage. The stage was adorned with blue and pink streamers, reminiscent of a high school dance.

The woman traded off vocal runs. Overall, the fan reception was extremely positive with fans raving over their vocals and outfits.

Lambert is nominated for Female Artist of the Year. Additionally, “Bluebird” was also up for Single, Song, and Video of the Year.

All About Miranda Lambert and Elle King’s ‘Drunk And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)’

Firstly, Elle King co-wrote the song with Martin Johnson. Miranda Lambert recorded her part in Nashville, while King recorded in New York City prior to quarantine. The friends met at King’s show backstage. Lambert invited King on her 2019 Roadside and Pink Guitars Tour. The pair previously

King co-wrote the song alongside Martin Johnson, who also produced the track. It was recorded in both Nashville and New York before the pandemic. Lambert and King first met backstage at one of King’s shows and became fast friends. The duo previously collaborated on “Fooled Around and Fell In Love” and were tourmates in 2019.

The 2021 ACM Awards

Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton co-hosted the awards show and were also featured performers. This marked Urban’s second year in a row hosting the show. Guyton became the first Black female artist to host the ACM Awards.

Due to the pandemic, the show was held at different venues throughout Nashville, Tennessee. Historic places like the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, and the Bluebird Cafe all hosted performances.

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