ACM Awards 2021: Miranda Lambert and Elle King Set to Open Show With World Premiere ‘Drunk’

by Emily Morgan
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Country music fans are in for a treat: Miranda Lambert and Elle King will open the 56th ACM Awards with the live debut of their song “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).” On Tuesday, the Academy of Country Music announced its lineup, including song selections and scheduled duets. 

“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” was written by King and Martin Johnson and was recorded in New York City and Nashville. For Elle King, the song represents her friendship with Miranda Lambert, whom she admired for a long time before the two linked up.

“We met because Miranda scared the crap out of me by coming to a show,” said Elle. “And I was very very star struck. And all I wanted was for her to think I was cool. I thought you liked me and you were always nice to me whenever you saw me.” According to Lambert, while they recently became friends, she felt as if they’d all known one another. 

“We are new friends. But we feel like old friends. We bonded over actual life on tour and hanging out together and hanging out partying and singing on stage together,” said Miranda. “And this song just feels like a natural transition.”

Miranda Lambert & Others Set to Perform for This Year’s ACM Awards

In addition, Dierks Bentley will join War and Treaty to perform U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love.) Other collaborations for the ACM Awards include Lambert with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall singing “In His Arms” from Marfa Tapes. Husband and wife, Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd will deliver their duet “Chasing After You.”

Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney will perform “Half of My Hometown.” Fans will also see Chris Young and Kane Brown on “Famous Friends,” and Carly Pearce and Lee Brice sing their duet: “I Hope You’re Happy Now.” Carrie Underwood will also perform a medley from her My Savior album alongside gospel legend Cece Winans.

The performances will occur from three separate Nashville locations: the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman, and the Bluebird Cafe. However, several prerecorded performances were taped at the Station Inn, East Nashville’s Bridge Building, and downtown. 

The rest of the lineup announced includes Brothers Osborne, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, and Luke Combs. Plus Dan + Shay, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, and Chris Stapleton will perform, too.

Mickey Guyton, who’s co-hosting alongside Keith Urban, will also sing. In addition, Urban will also perform, along with Lady A, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, Gabby Barrett, and Jimmie Allen.

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