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By now, Chris Stapleton is a go-to artist to book for all country awards shows.
That’s why it’s so hard to believe that his breakthrough moment happened just a little over 3 years ago, when he performed with Justin Timberlake during the 2015 CMA Awards.
Stapleton walked home with a ton of trophies that night as well, and the awards have kept rolling in as the years have flown by. He’s also pretty well-decorated with ACM Awards, having a total of seven wins and several more nominations to his name.
In 2019, Stapleton was up for four ACM Awards, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year trophy.
In addition to being one of the night’s most-nominated artists, Stapleton was also booked as one of the performers. The ACM slowly revealed the names of artists performing at the 2019 ceremony, with Stapleton being one of the first confirmed acts.
Other performers revealed at the same time included Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, and George Strait.
Stapleton has a history of performing unexpected tracks at awards shows, not always relying on whatever his current single may be. So fans were rightfully curious to know what the superstar singer would be performing when he made his way on stage during the ACM Awards.
The news was revealed shortly before the ceremony, when The Tennessean confirmed that Stapleton would be singing “A Simple Song,” a track off of his 2017 album From a Room: Volume 2. The song was co-written by Stapleton and a special someone in his life…his father-in-law Darrell Hayes.
Darrell got the chance to watch Chris perform the song from the ACM audience, resulting in an emotional moment between son-in-law and father-in-law. Although there were millions of people watching, in that moment, we’re sure Stapleton and his father-in-law were completely unaware of that.
Those millions of viewers immediately raved about the performance on social media, citing it as one of the best of the night. We have to agree…
Once you see Stapleton sing in honor of his father-in-law below, you’ll understand why his ACM Awards performance had so many people talking! You can always trust that he’ll put on a good show!
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