Carly Pearce on ACM Awards Performance: ‘I Hope That Young Girls Are Watching’

Carly Pearce will perform at the upcoming 2021 ACM Awards, sharing the stage with Lee Brice to sing their No. 1 hit, “I Hope You’re Happy Now.” The chance to perform on an awards show was just a dream of Pearce’s for years, until she became a country music singer, which is why she now hopes she can inspire other young girls with musical aspirations as well.

“I’m definitely nervous to perform but I think it’s gonna be so much fun,” Pearce shared with BMLG. “Lee and I finally get to sing this song together that completely changed my whole world. And I think it’s gonna make it extra, extra special to get to do it on such a prestigious stage, and a stage that I’ve been dreaming of my whole life.

“And you know what?” she continued. “I hope that young girls that are watching, that maybe have dreams, they can see me and know my story, and they’re going to realize in that moment that they can do it too and feel empowered by that, in the way that Faith and Trisha and Dolly and Reba and Lee Ann Womack did for me.”

Pearce is also nominated for three ACM Awards. The Kentucky native earned two nominations, both Single of the Year and Music Event of the Year, for “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” as well as a nomination for Female Artist of the Year, marking her first in the category after two years of being nominated for New Female Artist of the Year. Pearce shares the category with Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde and Maren Morris.

“When I think about being nominated for Female Artist of the Year, I think about the dreams that I’ve had of being nominated in this category. I think as a woman in country music, if you grew up the way that I did, wanting this so badly, you dreamt of your name being called in that. And so I truly am not just saying this. I feel like I’ve already won just being in those five.”

Pearce previously performed “I Hope You’re Happy Now” at the CMA Awards, with Lady’s Charles Kelley, after Brice was diagnosed with COVID-19.

The 2021 ACM Awards will air live from the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe on Sunday, April 18, at 8:00 PM ET on CBS.