Worst: ACMs Mainly Shy Away From Route 91
Taking place in Las Vegas a little more than six months after last year's Route 91 Harvest festival shooting, all eyes were on the ACMs to see how the awards show would officially pay tribute to the hundreds of victims and casualties of the October 1st mass shooting. "With respect and love for the victims, our friends, family and fans, we celebrate the music tonight," Jason Aldean announced alongside Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and Miranda Lambert during the show's brief spoken-word cold open. But with nary a single further mention of the Vegas victims or first responders for the rest of the night apart from a rushed charity reel and a heartfelt shout-out from Aldean during his Entertainer of the Year acceptance speech, the ACMs' somber opening felt less like a tribute and more like an explanation for the lack of one. J.B.