Carrie Underwood and Gabby Barrett are just two of the country artists who walked away with trophies during Sunday night’s American Music Awards ceremony. Underwood won two, for both Favorite Female Country Artist and Favorite Inspirational Artist. Barrett also was a double winner, for both Favorite Country Album, with Goldmine, and Favorite Country Song, with “The Good Ones.”
“Jason asked if I would sing ‘If I Didn’t Love You’ with him,” Underwood recalls to her record label. “I knew I liked the song, and Jason and I have actually been kind of trying to do things together over the years. We’ve sung together before, but we’ve never officially recorded anything together. It just kind of felt like this could be our moment. I felt like it was a little bit of an unexpected duet to other people, but I feel like I always knew at some point, I’d probably sing with him officially, and this just seemed like the stars were aligning, and it just seemed like it was going to be the perfect fit.”
Several country music artists also took the stage to perform. Walker Hayes performed “Fancy Like,” and Kane Brown sang “One Mississippi, performing virtually from Tennessee State University. Mickey Guyton sang “All American,” shortly after her son Grayson was discharged from the ICU, where he was being treated for severe dehydration, an unfortunate side effect of a severe stomach bug.
“He is still dehydrated and weak and has lost weight from not being able to retain any liquid,” Guyton said, as part of a lengthy post she shared on social media. “Despite all of this, Gray is a fighter and his labs are showing he is headed in the right direction,”
— Victoria Banks (@victoriabanks) November 22, 2021