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On Wednesday night (August 23), country stars and legends alike came together to pay tribute to the best in the genre at the 11th Annual ACM Honors. Held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, the ceremony celebrates special honorees as well as industry awards that weren’t aired at the 2017 ACM Award in April.
Kelsea Ballerini, Eric Church, Dolly Parton, George Strait, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, Shel Silverstein, the TV show Nashville, Lori McKenna and Reba McEntire were all recipients of ACM Honors awards. Each recipient was honored by their peers with the singing of some of their biggest hits.
Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott was one of the performers to sing prior to Reba receiving her award, for good reason.
Not only is Hillary an incredible singer, she also has a close connection to Reba that some fans may not know about. Her mother, Linda Davis, was Reba’s backup singer turned duet partner for the hit song “Does He Love You”. Together, they won a Grammy for Best Country Collaboration.
Hillary’s father, Lang Scott, was also a member of Reba’s band, so she spent most of her childhood on the road with her parents. It only seemed fitting that the woman who once toured with Reba as a little girl pay tribute to her at the ACM Honors.
Singing her hit song, “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia”, Hillary hit all the right notes and thoroughly impressed the entire audience with her rendition. During the chorus, Hillary served up some major sass delivering vivid imagery of what actually happened on the night the lights went out in Georgia.
Watch her performance below.
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