Carrie Underwood‘s emotions got the best of her as she accepted her trophy at the 8th Annual ACM Honors at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium Tuesday night. Wearing a pink-and-white gown with a belt above her baby bump, Carrie teared up as she accepted the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award recognizing her recording and tour career as well as her acting work in NBC’s live production of The Sound of Music and other ventures. Fellow Oklahoma natives The Swon Brothers sang a medley of “See You Again” and “Wasted” in Carrie’s honor.
Tim Tebow made a special guest appearance to present the Jim Reeves International Award to Rascal Flatts. That trophy recognizes the band’s efforts in taking country music to Europe on multiple tours. After accepting the trophy, the Flatts called Tim over to “Tebow” with them onstage. The crowd applauded as all four of them took a knee and posed in Tim’s famous kneeling prayer position.
Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott teamed up to perform a medley of songs they recorded written by ACM Songwriter of the Year, Shane McAnally. The three singers all backed each other up as Hillary first sang Lady A’s “Downtown,” Kelly took the lead on “Tie It Up” and Kacey closed it out singing “Merry Go Round.” Kenny Chesney was also on hand to present Shane with the Songwriter trophy.
Hunter Hayes and the show’s host Jake Owen both sang in honor of this year’s ACM Career Achievement Award winner, Ronnie Milsap. Dierks Bentley honored Poet’s Award winner, the late Buck Owens, with a performance of “Love’s Gonna Live Here.”
Lee Ann Womack, Dwight Yoakam, Jack Ingram and Nashville‘s Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen also sang in honor of this year’s ACM special awards recipients. Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore were also on hand to present the Industry Awards and Studio Recording Awards categories.
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