The mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas is still weighing heavy on the hearts of country singers.
Jason Aldean — performing when the first shots were fired — Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, and Thomas Rhett honoured those who lost their lives.
“Tonight we wanted to open the show with something that sums up what it’s like for our country music family to be back in Las Vegas for the first time since October 1st,” Aldean said at the top of Sunday’s ACM Awards. “We thought about starting with a song, but it’s a lot bigger than a single song.”
“On this night, our country community, the people here in Las Vegas and all of you at home are united through the healing power of music,” Lambert added.
Bryan then said, “For those of us who have experienced tragedy and unexpected loss, music helps us remember what really matters in life.” Morris and Rhett continued with equally powerful sentiments.
Prior to Sunday’s awards show in Nevada, Aldean invited survivors of the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting to sit in on his rehearsal.
“What happened here in October, I think, will sort of bond all of us kind of forever,” Aldean said in a Twitter video published by the ACM Awards. “I think it’s cool to come back and just kind of show people that we’re not gonna be scared. Fear’s not gonna win out. We’re gonna keep doing our thing.”