Is it hot in here or is it just Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina? While both artists are in relationships with other people, one would never know by watching their performance at the ACM Awards Sunday night.
Brown and Alaina have a long history as they were 13 and 12, respectively, when they first met at Lakeview Middle School in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. The two have taken very different paths to stardom, Lauren Alaine via American Idol and Kane Brown by way of social media, but both have found their place in the country music industry.
Their success was helped along by their chart-topping duet, "What Ifs," and it earned them a nomination for Vocal Event of the Year at the 2018 ACM Awards. During Sunday night's ACM Awards show live from Las Vegas, the longtime friends performed the song and left viewers breathless with their incredible vocals and chemistry.
At the end of the performance, Brown and Alaina closed in as if they were going to share a kiss. The tension was palpable and you could almost hear the audience hold their breath as they anticipated what was about to happen. But, instead the two shared a friendly hug, leading to a huge round of applause from the crowd.
Watch Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina's performance of "What Ifs" in the video below.
Although it was just released in January, Luke Bryan's newest single, "Most People Are Good," has already topped the Country Airplay chart. Anyone who has heard the song even once will understand why it climbed to the top so fast.
Written by David Frasier, Ed Hill, and Josh Kear, "Most People Are Good" is an inspiring song that urges listeners to find the good in everything they see. Rather than focus on the negative, the song encourages kids to be kids, stresses the importance of friendship, and praises the power of a mother's love.
The song is one that Bryan felt an instant draw to. Speaking to iHeart Country, he explained why he chose the song, "It was something that I felt like that people always need to be reassured that there’s way more good going on than negative," he said.
When it came time for Bryan to perform at the ACM Awards on Sunday night (April 15), it made perfect sense that "Most People Are Good" was the song he chose to sing.
Knowing the meaning behind "Most People Are Good," it was already a given that Bryan's performance would be one of the most heart-tugging of the night. Also, the fact that the ACM Awards were held in Las Vegas (the site of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting) added an extra emotional element to his performance.
Bryan's performance was gentle bringing attention to the important words he sang. The camera focused on the crowd a great deal during his performance, and most everyone could be seen starring up at Bryan in awe.
Considering all of the circumstances, it seems fair to say that Bryan's performance struck an emotional chord with all who watched.