Reprising their hit single "The Fighter," Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood took to the ACM Awards stage for one of the lineup's most genre-bending performances. The song itself features heaving drum tracks and a disco-bent production style, and the pair brought that same level of high-energy to Las Vegas inside the T-Mobile Arena.
Urban first began with his ACM-nominated "Blue Ain't Your Color" waltz (a cut on his 2016 album Ripcord). For fans viewing from home, the performance was filtered through grainy black and white, with smokey blue billowing around him (tipping a hat to the similarly-produced music video). When the drum loop kicked in, Underwood popped out amidst an explosion of reds and oranges, and the pair share faux-longing looks, trading off lyrics on the call-and-response structured chorus.
On Roughstock's most recent sales report (dated March 22), "The Fighter" had sold 287,000 downloads to date. The track falls behind Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road," ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year winner Jon Pardi's "Dirt on My Boots" and Brett Young's "In Case You Didn't Know."
ACM winners include Lori McKenna (the first female to win Songwriter of the Year), Brothers Osborne (Vocal Duo of the Year) hit-making pair Florida Georgia Line for Single Record of the Year ("H.O.L.Y.") and Vocal Event of the Year ("May We All" with Tim McGraw), and more. Check out the winners list right here.
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Watch Urban and Underwood's performance below: