Why These Country Stars Chose Not To Open The ACM Awards With A Song This Year

"It's a lot bigger than a single song."

Country stars paid tribute to victims of the Las Vegas shooting at the ACM Awards Sunday night. The event took place in the same city where 58 people were killed and hundreds injured in a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival last October. Jason Aldean, who was performing when the shooting occurred, joined fellow musicians in a heartfelt opening monologue to remember the tragedy.

"We thought about starting with a song, but it's a lot bigger than a single song," Aldean shared. "It's everything you'll hear tonight: the songs that bring us to our feet, make you want to pull someone close, or just live in the moment. Nothing can take that away from us."

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"Tonight, our country community, the people here in Las Vegas, and all of you at home are united through the healing power of music," Miranda Lambert added. Maren Morris, Luke Bryan, and Thomas Rhett went on to speak about music's important role in recovering from loss. "It inspires us, it soothes us, and it makes us stronger," Morris said.

It's not the first time these artists have paid tribute to the Las Vegas shooting victims. In October, Aldean performed Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" on Saturday Night Live and spoke about the tragedy. Maren Morris, meanwhile, released a song titled "Dear Hate" shortly after the shooting and promised to donate the proceeds.

See the emotional ACM Awards opening in the video below:

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