ACM Awards 2021 Recap: Best and Worst Performances

Miranda Lambert, left, and Elle King.
Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for ACM

The 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards, presented in September after a COVID-related delay, was one of the year’s best pandemic awards shows, bringing performances live from Nashville’s Grande Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium, and Bluebird Café at a time when we were all starved for live music. This year’s show aired Sunday night, just seven months later, and followed much of the same script, bringing a lot of the same performers from the same venues, and scratching that same itch once again. While the ACM barred Morgan

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