Best: Chris Janson Makes Must-See TV
Chris Janson has never met a stage he didn't steal and his show-closing performance at the ACMs was no exception. The wiry "Fix a Drink" singer, still an unknown commodity to many viewers at home, made the most of the few minutes he had by tearing into his real-life rocker "Redneck Life." Bounding across the stage and down the steps, wailing furiously on harmonica, while Luke Bryan looked on bewildered, Janson proved why he was the ideal choice to recently be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry – where, incidentally, ACM CEO and the show's producer Pete Fisher, former GM of the Opry, witnessed Janson perform countless times. While giving the Missouri native a mid-show slot to sing his woke-bro piano ballad "Drunk Girl" would have been the best acknowledgment of Janson's talent, there are scarce few who could have turned a credits-rolling performance into a must-see moment. J.H.