The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards took place on Sunday, April 7, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Music icon Reba McEntire hosted the three-hour ceremony, which aired live on CBS. This was her 16th time emceeing the ACMs, and the ravishing redhead looked gorgeous during the opening monologue in a silver sequin dress — just one of the seven ensembles she would wear throughout the night. McEntire joked about how Vegas recently received snow, saying that must be the reason why women were frozen out of the Entertainer of the Year category.
As far as performances go, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean opened up the show with "Can't Hide Red." Thomas Rhett sang "Look What God Gave Her," and Miranda Lambert — wearing a sassy black sequin jumpsuit — did a medley of her hits "Kerosene," "Gunpowder & Lead," "Mama's Broken Heart," "White Liar," and "Little Red Wagon." Luke Bryan did the sexy "Knockin' Boots," Chris Stapleton sang "A Simple Song," and New Female Artist of the Year Ashley McBryde performed "Girl Goin' Nowhere."
A very tan Maren Morris — wearing a super long blonde wig and sporting a matching tube top, short-shorts, and cowboy boots in light blue with silver fringes — sang "All My Favorite People" along with Brothers Osborne; and Carrie Underwood returned to the stage after giving birth to her second child in January to perform "Southbound," which started outdoors by the hotel's pool and featured a walk through the audience — with a quick stop to kiss her husband, Mike Fisher — to the main stage indoors.