With the 53rd Annual ACM Awards taking place in Las Vegas, many people wondered how they would handle the tragic events that occurred at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in October.
The answer is, with class. Jason Aldean, who was on stage as bullets reigned down on concert-goers during his performance, opened the ACM show. His words, along with those of Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett, helped heal the music community.
“Tonight, we wanted to open the show with something that sums up what it’s like for our country music family to be back in Las Vegas for the first time since October first. We thought about starting with a song, but it’s a lot bigger than a single song,” Jason said from the stage. “It’s everything you’ll hear tonight—The songs that bring us to our feet, make you want to pull someone close or just live in the moment. Nothing can take that away from us.”
“On this night our country community, the people here in Las Vegas and all of you at home are united for the healing power of music,” continued Miranda.
“For those of us who have experienced tragedy and unexpected loss, music helps us remember what really matters in life,” added Luke.
“Music does so much more than provide an escape from the pain. It inspires us, It soothes us and it makes us stronger,” Maren said.
“It gives us the chance to rejoice in what we have and tell us there is always a reason to carry on,” said Thomas Rhett.
And Jason closed with, “With respect and love for the victims, our friends and family and fans, we celebrate the music tonight. America, this is your ACM Awards.
As they say, “the show must go on.” And tonight (April 15), with a little help from our friends, it did.
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) April 16, 2018