Lainey Wilson Kicks Off ACM Awards With Fiery Debut Of Her New Single

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The 59th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards has once again proven why it’s dubbed “country music’s party of the year.”

Hosted by the iconic Reba McEntire, the event took place at the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas, and was a spectacle of talent and glamour, showcasing the best of what country music has to offer.

Amidst the glittering lineup of performers, Lainey Wilson stood out as the very first performer of the night, marking another milestone in her swiftly rising career.

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A Year of Triumphs for Lainey Wilson

2023 was undeniably a monumental year for Lainey Wilson, filled with achievements that have solidified her status in the country music scene. Now, at 31, she continues to captivate her audience with her talent and charisma, not showing any signs of slowing down.

Her recent announcement of her fifth studio album, Whirlwind, stirred considerable excitement among her fans. The album’s title aptly reflects the whirlwind of changes and experiences Wilson has undergone in her career and personal life, promising a collection of songs that are both personal and resonant.


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Just a few days later, Wilson unveiled a brand new song, “Hang Tight Honey,” from her upcoming album. The new track blends country elements with hints of ’70s rock and explores the pressures of juggling her music career with her personal relationships.

For a very exciting performance, Lainey Wilson took the stage at this year’s ACM Awards to perform her brand new song for the very first time! Dressed in a striking red outfit from head to toe, a departure from her usual signature bell bottoms, Wilson looked absolutely incredible.

During a pre-show interview, Lainey Wilson disclosed,“I’m keeping the red thing going tonight because my performance is gonna be pretty fiery.”

A Performance to Remember

As a surprise, Wilson started the ACM Awards with a brief rendition of the Little Texas 1993 hit “God Blessed Texas” before launching into her new single.

She then delivered an incredible performance of “Hang Tight Honey” that had the entire audience on their feet. It was particularly special for those who got to witness her new song live for the first time.

Wilson not only delivered an unforgettable performance at this year’s ACM Awards, but her talent also shone brightly as she was nominated for multiple prestigious awards.

Her popular song, “Heart Like A Truck,” earned her a nomination for Song of the Year, while her collaboration on “Save Me” with Jelly Roll contended for Music Event of the Year. Additionally, she was in the running for Female Artist of the Year and, most impressively, Entertainer of the Year, underscoring her status as a powerhouse in country music.

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Be sure not to miss her captivating performance of “Hang Tight Honey” that kicked off the 2024 ACM Awards below!

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