Miranda Lambert and Elle King closed it out for their performance of “I’m Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” at the 2021 ACM Awards on Sunday. Lambert and King (who is pregnant with their first child) opened the show by performing their hit single.
Wearing matching pink and teal fringed leather jackets, the powerful singers dominated the stage with their effortless confidence and country rock star energy.
The anthem’s tune, backed by bright blue and magenta lights and a sizable band, kicked off the show on a high note, and it felt like a return to normal after a long year of virtual events and pre-recorded performances.
The former touring partners released the video for the hilarious single in February, quickly turning it into an upbeat anthem for girls’ nights out to come.
“This is probably the funniest music video I’ve ever done,” King said in ET’s exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the music video in February.
“Yeah, it’s easy and it’s been great,” adds Lambert. “We were both able to jump and wear glitter, and we had to laugh.”
Meanwhile, ET’s Rachel Smith spoke with Lambert on Friday, and the singer spoke enthusiastically about her performances on the upcoming show and joked about her colorful ensemble for her opening number, saying she would “get to be Barbie Elvis.”
He also joked about King’s pregnancy, explaining, “Well, I only have to drink for two. So, even more fun for me!”
Lambert, who is the most nominated female artist in ACM history, is set to win five of the night’s trophies and is looking to hold on to the title of most awarded female artist in ACM history.
While King wasn’t nominated at the 56th annual awards show, she does have an ACM award under her belt – the singer won the Music Event of the Year award for “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” in 2020.
It’s a night that makes history for women at the ACM Awards, and each Single of the Year nominee is a woman for the first time in ACM history. In addition, four black nominees – Mickey Guyton, Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown and John Legend – are making history, as they are the most black nominated artists ever at MCAs.
The ACM Awards are broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 18, as well as live and on-demand on Paramount +, from three iconic Nashville venues: Grand Ole Opry House, the historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. .