NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards will host a very special crowd who will finally get to see live music performances again.
A small group of vaccinated medical workers will be in the audience for this year's show, airing on Sunday on CBS from multiple venues in Nashville, Tennessee. For hosts Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, there's no one more deserving of a special seat in the house than the healthcare heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“My sister is a nurse and she worked with COVID patients," said Guyton. “And so I’ve heard firsthand a lot of what she’s had to go through. And it’s just really cool to be able to perform for them because they have been our army for the last year.”
“There’s also something very calming, knowing that the audience is full of doctors and nurses," said Urban.
When asked if the medical workers could turn the ACM set into a pop-up vaccination clinic, the two joked that it might be a good idea.
“I've got mine,” Urban said, referring to his COVID-19 vaccination. Guyton said she got her first vaccine dose.
“Maybe I’ll be like, ‘Just give me a little Moderna right there,’” she said, patting her arm.
Even though this is their first year co-hosting together, Guyton and Urban have good chemistry. Their collaborative performance on last year's ACM Awards show in September, where they sang Guyton's “Black Like Me,” got the attention of the show's organizers.