What's the Meaning Behind the 851 and 58 Pins Stars Were Wearing at the ACM Awards?

What’s the Meaning Behind the 851 and 58 Pins Stars Were Wearing at the ACM Awards?

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Jason Aldean wearing pin on ACM Awards red carpet
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As country stars descended on Las Vegas for the ACM Awards on Sunday (April 15), the victims of the Route 91 Music Festival shooting were not far from their minds.

While walking the blue carpet, many artists were seen wearing gold pins with the number 851 or 58. That number represents the amount of people injured and killed, respectively, during the senseless shooting. With 851 injured during the shooting and 58 lost, stars took to Instagram to share their thoughts.

“Tonight I’m gonna wear these pins for the 851 injured, the 58 lost and the 1 life we can save in the future if we’re willing to start a conversation about things that need to be done for our children, our families and our fans,” LBT’s Karen Fairchild wrote.

851 pins at ACM Awards blue carpet

Kimberly Schlapman also posted her message saying,  “I’m so grateful to be a part of a community that’s based on faith and family and taking care of each other. Tonight was about coming together in love to honor those we’ve lost and those who have been forever changed. We love you fans and Las Vegas. ❤ #vegasstrong #58 #851 #1#acmawards.”

As the ACM show opened up, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett shared words of comfort with fans. October 1, 2017 is a day country music will never forget.

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Tonight I’m gonna wear these pins for the 851 injured, the 58 lost and the 1 life we can save in the future if we’re willing to start a conversation about things that need to be done for our children, our families and our fans. It is with absolute respect for our fans, their personal beliefs and their own stories that I don’t claim to have the answers or an agenda. I just know we must discuss ways to protect our freedoms and rights but also our sons and daughters. Is anything more important than them? We need a revolution of hearts and minds to see change. Our children need us. We owe those loyal fans that came to a festival in Las Vegas to listen to their favorite music but instead lived through and died over a senseless act. Many still healing from injuries, many still hurting over things they witnessed. It’s for them that I have hope in my heart that it can happen. We’ve prayed for the survivors, shed tears for the ones we lost but we can do more and we can do better. We can figure this out together. I know we can. Let’s put our fear and pride down and talk about how to protect this beautiful country and beautiful people we love so much. Maybe if we start the conversation we can save a life, and wouldn’t it be worth it? With much love and admiration. Karen #851581 #startaconversation #savealife #vegasstrong #fansfirst

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