Worst: B-Stage Is for "Boring"
At its best, the B-Stage at major awards show like the ACMs is the perfect place to showcase exciting new talent – and keep the good vibes flowing while crew members flip the main stage for a new performance. At its worst, it can be a bland and half-hearted sideshow that feels in the way, which was the case for much of this year's ceremony. Although Kenny Chesney started the night off strong with his politically astute stadium anthem "Get Along," and Midland showed why they were named the New Vocal Duo or Group of Year – all cherry-red guitars, matching Hollywood-cowboy suits and the smooth vocal pour of "Drinkin' Problem" – the B-Stage was often where the night's electricity shorted out. Brett Young's rendition of "In Case You Didn’t Know" felt as sterile as the doctor's-office stool he was seated on, and even though Chris Young did his best to bring some energy to "Losing Sleep," the lack of a drummer ultimately left his mid-tempo romp feeling like it had just downed some NyQuil. C.P.