WTF: ACMs Loves the Nineties
Flashbacks are things you're supposed to have on LSD, not at country awards shows. But with the ACMs migrating its Pioneer and Veteran categories to its sister show, the ACM Honors, which airs in the fall on CBS, producers found another way to work the nostalgia angle. Enter the first (and hopefully last) series of ACM Flashback Moments, paying "tribute to hits that are timeless." Apparently (and probably because Nineties nostalgia is all the rage in 2018), that means throwing it back to the hits from 25 years ago, as the trio of duets celebrated the classic country sounds of 1993. 'Twas the year of Lorena Bobbitt, Waco and the West Memphis Three. It was also the year Alan Jackson took home an ACM Single of the Year award for "Chattahoochee," and Toby Keith topped the charts with his debut single "Should've Been a Cowboy." While Jackson and Jon Pardi's romp through the former was a spirited enough trip down pop-country memory lane, Keith, as joined by Blake Shelton, looked at best unenthused to be shoehorned into the bottom of the show. Meanwhile, Reba, decked out in the same red dress she wore at the 1993 ACMs, tapped Kelly Clarkson for a sing-off on her powerhouse Linda Davis duet "Does He Love You." Like the Jackson/Pardi performance, it was as great as it was totally pointless. A.G.