Gabby Barrett took us back to 2000 with a stunning performance of Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” at the 2022 ACM Awards.
Barrett introduced the song while reflecting on how Womack was named Best New Female Vocalist at the 1998 ACM Awards, two years before her breakthrough hit. the american idol The Season 16 runner-up then delivered a beautiful take on the classic country song, giving it new definition with her multi-layered voice.
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Transporting country fans to the beloved era of country music, Barrett delivered a passionate performance that showed off the range of her voice as she sang, “I hope you still feel small when you stand by the ocean / Every time a door closes / I hope another opens / Promise me you’ll give faith a chance to fight / And when you have the choice to sit or dance / I hope you will dance, her husband and comrade american idol contestant Cade Foehner gazing lovingly at her as he played guitar alongside her. Barrett honored another country great at the top of the show when she performed Faith Hill’s “Let’s Go to Vegas” with her ACM Awards co-host Jimmie Allen.
The moment was also a return to stardom for Barrett american idol performance in 2018, which wowed the show’s judges and helped her finish the season in third place – launching her country career.
Since Idol, Barrett has become one of the hottest new faces in country music, and she’s entered the ACMs with a huge spotlight on her. One of the evening’s co-hosts, alongside Jimmie Allen and Dolly Parton, Barrett was last year’s ACM New Female Artist of the Year and nominated for this year’s Female Vocalist of the Year award. year. Her single “The Good Ones” was one of the biggest hits of 2021, and she welcomed the birth of her first child with her husband (and bandmate Idol competitor) Cade Foehner in January 2021.
Marking the first time a major national awards show has aired exclusively live, the 57th Annual ACM Awards took place on Monday, March 7 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The show ran for over 20 performances and was streamed on Amazon Prime Video. Check out full coverage of the 2022 ACM Awards here, including a full list of winners.