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Awards Night Cocktail: Leading Lady

Awards Night Cocktail: Leading Lady

Need a guilt-free awards night cocktail that would be fit for a leading lady? Try this bubbly and sweet drink that won’t pack on the pounds.

Total Calories: 140 per drink

Notes

Recipe courtesy VOGA Prosecco

Ingredients

  • 3 Ounces prosecco, such as VOGA Prosecco
  • 1 Ounce raspberry vodka
  • Fresh raspberries for garnish

Directions

Pour in raspberry vodka. Top with VOGA Prosecco. Add fresh raspberries for additional taste and garnish.

Nutritional Facts

Servings1

Calories Per Serving135

Folate equivalent (total)0.9µg0.2%


15 Champagne Cocktails for Celebrating Anything (But Especially New Year's Eve)

Serve up a champagne-and-something to toast the little things.

There isn't much to celebrate this year. Bleak! Or rather, there&rsquos not much big to celebrate this year. So we turn our attention to the little things that are behemoth in their achievement. Applying for that insurance reimbursement. Getting a hundred bucks chopped off rent. Completing another day of working from home next to the kids, who just completed another day of learning from home. Tiny victories, minor wins, 24-hour triumphs&mdashthat&rsquos the stuff that deserves a toast in 2020. Dust off the champagne. You know, that bottle of sparkling stuff you haven&rsquot indulged in for months.

This year was supposed to be the beginning of another Roaring &lsquo20s, with all the same riotous, champagne-popping revelry (and none of the Prohibition). It was decidedly not. But, what we imagine will be a very big celebration indeed is the passing of this wretched year and the start of 2021. Nothing feels hopeful like a new year ushered in with a bubbly drink. And in the months leading up to New Year's Eve, we recommend you break out champagne-and-something to celebrate all those tiny victories, too, which is why we put 15 champagne cocktail recipes before you.

There's the simplest champagne cocktail (called, quite literally, the Champagne Cocktail), a punch to satiate your closest friends, and more than a few classics meant for drinking the next morning, when the hair of the dog is much needed. There's even a killer called Death in the Afternoon, with absinthe and champagne. We recommend a drier brut champagne in all cases. And we recommend refills.


The Official Dos and Don'ts of Cocktail Attire for Women

Dress codes are something people don't talk about enough. From white tie to cocktail attire, the gray area regarding what's acceptable to wear to these formal events is sizable. Today, we are here to talk all things cocktail party attire. Believe it or not, there are "rules" for dressing for this occasion.

Ahead we're bringing you the dos and don'ts of cocktail attire. Some of these tips might be obvious, but others might surprise you. And in addition to our cocktail attire commandments, we're showing you where to shop the pieces that will ensure you're always dressed appropriately. Keep scrolling to discover how to look your chicest at your next cocktail soirée.

Don't: Wear Anything Too Revealing

Do: Keep Hemlines and Necklines Appropriate

A great rule of thumb here is to not wear something you wouldn't want your boss to see you in. In case you needed a reminder, a cocktail party is different than a girls' night out.


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Bethenny Frankel has a knack for making healthy food taste delicious. That knack, which started out as a hobby and was enhanced with formal training, has elevated her to national prominence as a celebrated natural food chef, the creator of the phenomenal new Skinnygirl Margarita, and The New York Times best selling author of Naturally Thin.

Frankel, who calls herself a "health foodie” and attende Bethenny Frankel has a knack for making healthy food taste delicious. That knack, which started out as a hobby and was enhanced with formal training, has elevated her to national prominence as a celebrated natural food chef, the creator of the phenomenal new Skinnygirl Margarita, and The New York Times best selling author of Naturally Thin.

Frankel, who calls herself a "health foodie” and attended the National Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, focuses on sharing with others her knowledge and passion for healthy living. In addition to her monthly column in Health Magazine, she is regularly featured in national publications from The New York Times to the weekly entertainment magazines. She’s also a sought-after guest on national news and entertainment television, where she brings her expertise and irresistibly candid and funny take not only to food segments but to any conversation about living healthy and living well.

Frankel’s wit, wisdom and humor came to national attention when she was named first runner-up on NBC’s “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.” Network executives saw a personality they couldn’t ignore and put her center stage weekly on Bravo’s hit series “The Real Housewives of New York,” now in its third season. Though technically not a “wife,” she has emerged as the star of the series, with a huge network of fans, a job as national spokesperson for Pepperidge Farm's Baked Naturals® and Deli Flats(trademark), and her own spin-off series now in production.

Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinnygirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting debuted this year on The New York Times Best Sellers list and stayed for an astonishing for 18 consecutive weeks. Frankel’s second book, The Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life will be released January 5, 2010, just in time to support “new year, new me” resolutions with delicious, practical, effective recipes and lifestyle tweaks. Skinnygirl Dish showcases Frankel’s renowned “fix-ology” . . . her ability to take calorie-rich foods and revamp them to create healthier versions without compromising flavor.

Her skill as a fixologist applies to cocktails too . . . she has just this fall launched The Skinnygirl Margarita, a bottled, pre-mixed beverage made with clear tequila, lime juice and only a splash of citrus liqueur, which drastically reduces the calories of the traditional cocktail. All natural and lightly sweetened with agave nectar, it has only 100 calories in a full 4 oz. serving.

As the go-to blogger for all things reality and lifestyle, Frankel wields her pen like a sword, ensuring that readers will get the unvarnished truth along with common sense, expertise and a healthy – always healthy – dose of humor. She is on a mission to democratize healthy living, making information available to everyone she can reach through her appearances, books, columns and blogs.

Frankel lives in Manhattan with her dog Cookie. She will be marrying her other love, Jason Hoppy, this spring and they will welcome their first child in early summer.


The Golden Age Of Cocktails: When Americans Learned To Love Mixed Drinks

An illustration from The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain, published in 1897. Between the 1860s and 1920, when Prohibition went into effect, American bartending came into its own. Internet Archive Book Images/Flickr hide caption

An illustration from The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain, published in 1897. Between the 1860s and 1920, when Prohibition went into effect, American bartending came into its own.

Summertime is the perfect time to indulge in a refreshing cocktail on a balmy night. But before you reach for that minty mojito or sweet sangria, consider stepping out of your modern-day comfort zone and going back to the drinks of 100 years ago.

"Some of the best cocktails that we think about today — the martini, the daiquiri, the Manhattan — those all came out between the 1860s and Prohibition," says Derek Brown, an award-winning mixologist who has studied the history of alcohol in America.

Historians have dubbed that time span the Golden Age of Cocktails, an era when bartenders got pretty inventive. Brown tells NPR's Audie Cornish that these bar staples were originally simpler — but perhaps better tasting— than the versions modern-day cocktail lovers are familiar with.

Take, for instance, the daiquiri.

"Most people expect to get a daiquiri when they're going through a drive-through window in New Orleans . and it's going to be full of grain alcohol and red coloring and things like that," Brown says. In other words, it's got a bad rap. But the original daiquiri, he says, "is really something so simple — it is rum, it's lime and it's sugar."

"For 6 persons": The original daiquiri recipe, as scribbled by Jennings Cox. Courtesy of the Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries hide caption

American engineer Jennings Cox is credited with inventing the daiquiri while working in Cuba in the late 1890s. The story goes that he played around with Bacardi rum to get the perfect flavor, then named the drink after the small town where he worked. The original sheet of paper where he scribbled down the recipe now resides at the University of Miami library.

"There were plenty of people drinking rum then, and using lime and cane sugar. But it was his particular formula that became specifically the daiquiri," Brown says.

The Bacardi rum factory in Cuba. American engineer Jennings Cox is credited with inventing the daiquiri while working in Cuba in the late 1890s. The story goes that he played around with Bacardi rum to get the perfect flavor, then named the drink after the small town where he worked. Courtesy of the Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries hide caption

The Bacardi rum factory in Cuba. American engineer Jennings Cox is credited with inventing the daiquiri while working in Cuba in the late 1890s. The story goes that he played around with Bacardi rum to get the perfect flavor, then named the drink after the small town where he worked.

Courtesy of the Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries

The daiquiri stayed in Cuba until U.S. Navy Adm. Lucius Johnson discovered it. Enthralled with the cocktail, the admiral introduced it to Washington, D.C.'s Army and Navy Club in 1909. It spread like wildfire from there, eventually becoming a favorite of Ernest Hemingway and John F. Kennedy.

Another cocktail of the era, the martini, would probably be unrecognizable to barflies who order it today.

"Today you could walk into a bar and you could order a martini, and you might just get warm vodka with a bunch of olives in it," he says. "[This] masks the real character of the martini. The original martini at its invention was gin, vermouth and orange bitters."

Bartenders — then and now — would sometimes refer to a martini made according to the original recipe as a "silver bullet" or a "crisp cocktail," Brown says, because of its incredibly clean and fresh flavor.

The origins of the Manhattan — a cocktail species closely related to the martini — are a bit hazy.

In his book Imbibe!, liquor historian David Wondrich writes that the cocktail was probably invented at the Manhattan Club, a social organization for Democrats in New York.

Another story points to more elite origins: It suggests Lady Randolph Churchill not only was mother to Sir Winston, but also begat this cocktail — she is said to have ordered a combination of rye and vermouth for a toast during a visit to the Manhattan Club.

Jerry Thomas authored the first bartenders guide in 1862. His signature drink was the Blue Blazer, a cocktail he'd light on fire and pass back and forth between two glasses to create a blazing arch. Wikimedia hide caption

Jerry Thomas authored the first bartenders guide in 1862. His signature drink was the Blue Blazer, a cocktail he'd light on fire and pass back and forth between two glasses to create a blazing arch.

While we don't know all the details, we do know that the Golden Age of Cocktails was a time when Americans learned to love mixed drinks.

The first bartenders guide was penned in 1862 by Jerry Thomas, who is considered the father of American mixology. "It really just marks this start of this incredibly creative period in making great cocktails," Brown says.

Thomas is famous for making bartending an entertainment. His signature drink was the Blue Blazer, a cocktail he'd light on fire and pass back and forth between two glasses to create a blazing arch. (That description reminded us of this "highlight" from the Tom Cruise cinematic oeuvre.) Oh, and he'd do it all with two white rats perched on his shoulders.

This sort of theatrical presentation — and the new savory blends — helped build enthusiasm for alcohol. But it was also blamed for encouraging the kind of rampant overdrinking that inspired women's suffragists to denounce the societal ills of alcohol, and eventually led to Prohibition in 1920, Brown says.

This spring, the National Archives in Washington, D.C., kicked off Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History, an exhibit that explores how Americans have both enjoyed and denounced getting tippled throughout history.

As chief spirits adviser for the archives, Brown organized a number of boozy but educational public seminars to go along with the exhibit, including a discussion of the Golden Age of Cocktails, where guests got to sample the original drinks.

Daiquiri Scott Suchman/Courtesy of Drink Company hide caption


Awards Night Cocktail: Leading Lady - Recipes

You spend three hours watching The Bachelor and all its iterations every Monday night, you tag your friends in hangover-related memes with the caption “so us,” and you eat mozzarella sticks while exclaiming how you are literally Liz Lemon. You’re a basic betch and you know it, and own it. While we know how much you love Vodka Sodas , there are actually a ton of cocktails that’ll satisfy your every betchy need. In honor of Taylor Swift’s lucky number, here are 13 cocktails to drink if you’re a basic betch and proud of it.

Those copper mugs make for the best cheersing Boomerang on Instagram with your squad, so don’t bother ordering a round of Moscow Mules if the bar doesn’t serve them in the traditional vessel. While the actual contents of the drink are kind of besides the point, the easy-drinking combo of vodka , ginger beer and lime will never let you down. Go ahead and take those Mule mugs home from the bar! The bar definitely has an endless supply of them and they would look v. cute as a jewelry holder or succulent planter.


Cocktails

Created in 2007 by Cam Dawson, Brighton, England, for the Jack Daniel's Birthday Competition.

Black Jack Shot

Whiskey sweetened with sambuca.

Jacktini

A citrus bite and a smooth Tennessee draw enhanced with rich mandarin liqueur.

Midnight Over Tennessee

A great looking tasty dessert cocktail. Whiskey, coffee and chocolate sipped through a layer of minty cream.

Jumpin' Jack Flash

Whiskey further mellowed and sweetened by a tasty combo of liqueurs and juices.

Tennessee Iced Tea

Whiskey and cola with extra interest courtesy of several other spirits and lemon juice.

Si-Mao

A whiskey laced shot with a hint of banana.

Silent Seven

A riff on the classic 'Silent Third' cocktail first published in the 1937 Cafe Royal Cocktail Book. Originally made with Scotch whisky but perhaps not

Black Nail #2

A nail (Drambuie and Whiskey) served long with cola.

Cajun Nail

A riff on the classic Sazerac.

Cherry Mash Sour

The rich flavour of Tennessee whiskey soured with lemon and sweetened with cherry liqueur.

Gentleman's Agreement

Amaretto-like almond flavours with Tennessee whiskey balanced with fresh lemon juice and lengthened with refreshing soda.

Jack Frost #1

Tangy and fruity with the whiskey base dominating.

Jack Punch

Vanilla hints in the whiskey and liqueur combine to dominate this fruity long drink.

Meryl Lynchburg

A long refreshing 'sugar' free whiskey iced tea-style drink.

Tennessee Berry Mule

A berry rich cocktail laced with whiskey, flavoured with Amaretto and topped with ginger beer.

Tennessee Rush

This ruby red cocktail is long, fruity, refreshing and not too sweet.

Velvet Elvis

The merest bit on the sweet side, fruity with a hint of whiskey.

Tolleytown Punch

A fruity long drink with a dry edge that also works well made in bulk and served from a punch bowl.

Raspberry Lynchburg

This berry fruit influenced riff on a Lynchburg Lemonade has a sweet and sour flavour laced with whiskey.

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Jack Daniel's Rye

Introduced in 2017, this Tennessee rye whiskey is made with the first new Jack Daniel's mashbill since 1866 comprising: 70% rye, 18% corn and 12% malted

Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Rye

Introduced 2016, this is the Single Barrel Collection edition of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Rye whiskey, made using the first new Jack Daniel's mashbill since

Jack Daniel's Old No.7 Brand

Jack Daniel's is a Tennessee whiskey and was named No.7 by Mr Jack himself in 1887 – no one knows why.

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey

Launched in 2010 and made by blending Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 with honey liqueur developed in Brown-Forman's Louisville plant to have a nutty flavour reminiscent

Gentleman Jack

As with Old No. 7, the distillate used to make Gentleman Jack is slow-dripped through 10 feet (3m) of densely packed hard sugar maple charcoal over 3 days

Jack Daniel's Green Label

Popular belief has it that Jack Daniel’s was originally sold with a green label at a lower age, the black label only launched after Jack’s death in

Jack Daniel's Single Barrel

Jack Daniel's Single Barrel is made by the same process as Jack Daniel's Old No.7 but tends to be aged for 5½ to 6 years (certainly never less than 5

Jack Daniel's Maxwell House Commemorative Bottle

The Maxwell House bottling is one in a range of commemorative bottles containing the same whiskey as the standard No.7 Black Label, although the alcoholic

Jack Daniel's Silver Select

This line Jack extension was developed for the travel-retail (duty-free) market. Silver Select is basically Jack Daniel’s Single barrel but with better

Jack Daniel's Monogram

Released early in 2007 as a travel retail (duty free) exclusive, Monogram is now longer made so has become something of a collector’s piece. Comparable

Jack Daniel's Old No.7 Cola

This black and white can with familiar Jack Daniel’s branding and red highlights proclaims its contents to be “A perfect mix of whiskey & cola”.

Jack Daniel's White Rabbit Saloon

This 2012 limited edition Jack Daniels bottling celebrates the 120 anniversary of the opening of the White Rabbit Saloon in 1892. One of two bars “Mr

Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select

Launched December 2012, this special edition Jack Daniel’s whiskey honours Frank Sinatra, a devoted fan of the Tennessee Whiskey. It is matured in “Sinatra

Tennessee Fire

Launched in the U.S. April 2014, “Jack Fire” is made with Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 whiskey with a proprietary red hot cinnamon liqueur.

Jack Daniel's Unaged Tennessee Rye

Released late in 2012, this “white whiskey” is the first time since before Prohibition that the Jack Daniel Distillery has used a new grain recipe.


The Ultimate Wedding Cocktail Hour Guide

It's early in the evening and all your loved ones are together in a stylish and romantic atmosphere, complete with your favorite drinks, food and music. There's really nothing better. Here's what you need to pull off a fabulous cocktail hour at your wedding.

Knockout Signature Cocktails

Whether it's a classic or totally new, you can match your signature cocktail to your color scheme, let it reflect your personalities (as a couple or individual) or honor your favorite hometown or cultural flavors. Maybe your go-to sip is whiskey lemonade, while your fiancé's is gin and tonic. Feature both cocktails on the menu and give them creative names to reflect your personalities. And why stop at just one? Name drinks after your bridal party or serve favorite cocktails from both sets of parents.

Comfortable Seating

You'll want to give people room to mingle easily, so don't crowd the room with chairs. Instead, provide enough seating so your older guests have a comfy place to rest and anyone who's wearing high heals can take a break. A combination of low chairs, coffee tables and higher tables with bar stools will give your cocktail hour a different feel than your sit-down reception dinner. Want a cozier vibe? Build a virtual outdoor living room with armchairs, rugs and vintage end tables.

Mood Music

Since you're not at the dance party yet, keep the volume turned down and the vibe mellow so people can chat with ease. This doesn't mean you have to play cheesy elevator music, but matching your music to the mood is a good idea. Maybe you've planned a lively DJ to keep you dancing throughout the reception, but for the cocktail hour, slow it down. Hire a jazz trio, quartet or acoustic guitarist to set a distinct mood.

Stylish Setting

Sure, you've spent ages choosing your reception décor, but don't let the cocktail hour go by the wayside, especially if it's in a separate space. Small centerpieces and extra votive candles can be a great way to finish off the room. For example, if your cocktail hour's outside, but your reception will be inside a ballroom, don't be afraid to vary the décor. Take advantage of the natural foliage and string wide ribbons and colorful banners with lights from the tree branches, or set up floral installations near the entrance.

Décor Theme

Your centerpieces and table settings will set the theme for the reception, but if the cocktail hour is held in a separate room or outside, maybe try something different. You don't need to make your guests wear leis and Hawaiian-themed shirts, but you could serve tropical cocktails out of coconuts, and chips with fresh papaya and mango salsa. Take your theme to the next level by expanding it to your music and décor. Hire a mariachi band and set up handmade guacamole and churro stations. Or have a jazz pianist and singer perform and decorate with art deco–style chandeliers and a bold black-and-white color palette.

Open Bar

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Having a cash bar at your wedding is not a good move. If you're on a tight budget, skip pricey liquor and serve only beer and wine, or simply offer one signature drink. Looking to liven things up? Set up a specialty bar, like a cognac, microbrew, bubbly (with sparkling wines) or tequila bar. Ask your caterer about keeping an expert on hand during cocktail hour to give suggestions and tasting tips.

Scrumptious Bites

We know it's your menu, but make sure it's diverse enough so all of your guests can enjoy at least one appetizer. If you're at a loss for where to begin, touch on the major tastes: Serve something slightly salty, sweet, bitter and savory, and provide several dishes to complement to your signature cocktails. Don't forget to ask about any special diets or allergies ahead of time to ensure everyone has something to enjoy (and so anyone with allergies knows what to steer clear of). Something you might not have considered is to go ahead and give your guests something sweet before they even sit down to dinner. You don't want to spoil their appetite for what's to come (so save the chocolate ganache for later), but offering a seasonally sweet treat, like a fruit tart or lemon sorbet, could be the perfect palate cleanser before dinner. You can also forgo typical utensils entirely by offering all bites on edible spoons or in mini crispy cones.

Personal Touches

Little extras, like monogrammed napkins or barware, can go a long way in making your wedding feel totally personalized. Plus, stemless wine glasses with your wedding date or initials make an instant keepsake for guests. Fun tip: Don't wait until the end of the night to give out your favors. Instead, have a special wine or beer brewed ahead of time in honor of your wedding that you can serve during cocktail hour. Let guests sample it and then offer them each a bottle to take home at the end of the night, complete with a customized label.

Nonalcoholic Options

Make sure you've got a few drink selections for non-drinkers, especially if it's an outdoor summer wedding. For hotter months, try water infused with cucumber, melon and mint—with lots of ice. During cooler months, serve something cozy and seasonal, like hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks. Give guests more than just water and soda by having at least one mocktail on the menu. Work with your caterer or mixologist to come up with something inventive like a mix of grapefruit and orange juices, or a little coconut milk and a small scoop of orange sherbet on top.

Games and Activities

Give your guests something extra to do during the cocktail hour, even if it's just breaking out the guest book a little early to give them plenty of time to sign it. If your wedding is outdoors, set up lawn games like bocce ball, lawn croquet or a beanbag toss. These types of games are also a great idea if you'll be having lots of kids at the reception. You could also rent a photo booth and provide fun props for guests to pose with.


Luke Bryan wins top ACM Award, but female acts own the night

This combination photo shows Mickey Guyton, from left, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Carrie Underwood performing at the 56th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. The awards show aired on April 18 with both live and prerecorded segments. Underwood brought the Academy of Country Music Awards to church. Morris won two honors, including song of the year, Lambert performed three times and held onto her record as the most decorated winner in ACM history and Guyton, the first Black woman to host the awards show, gave a powerful, top-notch vocal performance. (AP Photo)

NEW YORK – Carrie Underwood brought the Academy of Country Music Awards to church. Maren Morris won the most awards of the night, including song of the year. Miranda Lambert performed three times and held on to her record as the most decorated winner in ACM history. And Mickey Guyton, the first Black woman to host the awards show, gave a powerful, top-notch vocal performance.

Though female country stars didn’t compete for the night’s top prize – Luke Bryan was named entertainer of the year – they owned Sunday’s ACM Awards.

Underwood’s performance stood out the most. She was joined by gospel legend CeCe Winans and the dynamic duo blended their voices like angels onstage. Underwood performed songs from her recent gospel hymns album “My Savior,” kicking off the set with “Amazing Grace” and “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Then Winans joined in, matching her strong vocal performance.

Lambert performed three times, first alongside rock-pop singer Elle King for a fun, energetic performance of their new duet “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).” Lambert, who founded pet shelter nonprofit MuttNation, also performed alongside album of the year winner Chris Stapleton for “Maggie’s Song,” a tribute to Stapleton’s dog who died 2019. Her final performance was with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall.

The performances that aired Sunday were pre-taped at various locations in Nashville, Tennessee, including the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. Winners, wearing masks, accepted awards in real time in front of a small audience made up of medical and health care workers.

Bryan was set to perform Sunday but backed out of the show because he recently tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I’m so sorry I could not be there,” he said from Los Angeles. “And to all my fans out there and country radio, we miss touring. We’ve missed being on the road with everybody that makes me an entertainer. My bus drivers, my band, my crew, what a challenging year. But to all the fans and everybody, we'll be back out on the road doing what we love.”

Morris spoke about the taxing year without live music when she won female artist of the year — one of her three wins.

“Really just happy to be in a category with women that were not able to tour this year, but brought so much heat to the game of country music this year. You’ve inspired me so much to no end, and even in a year where no one’s gotten to play shows, I have heard some of the best music out of all of you this past year. So thank you so much for inspiring me,” she said.

Collaborating onstage was the theme of the awards show, and Morris and hubby Ryan Hurd sang together, ending with a kiss. A teary-eyed Morris won song of the year for her Grammy-nominated hit “The Bones,” which topped the country music charts for months last year. She won two ACMs for song of the year — one for performing the hit and another for co-writing it, sharing the win with songwriters Laura Veltz and Jimmy Robbins.

Morris lost single of the year, where all of the nominated songs were performed by female artists. Carly Pearce and Lee Brice’s platinum duet, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” won the prize.

“We wrote this song about my story and I guess it resonated with everybody,” Pearce said onstage, also thanking busbee, who produced the song and died in late 2019. “This is the last song that my producer worked on.”

Another tender moment came when Blanco Brown presented Old Dominion with group of the year. It marked Brown’s first public appearance after suffering significant injuries in a head-on vehicle collision last year.

But the entire three-hour show didn’t go smoothly. The Grammy-winning duo Dan + Shay performed their latest hit, “Glad You Exist,” but the pre-taped moment aired out of sync.

“Apparently there was an audio/video sync issue on the television broadcast,” the duo tweeted. “We’re bummed about it, but it happens, especially when performances are happening in multiple locations.”

Another mishap occurred when Martina McBride announced the winner of single of the year. McBride correctly said “I Hope You’re Happy Now” won though “I Hope” by Gabby Barrett appeared on the TV screen.

Pearce and Brice’s “I Hope You’re Happy Now” also won musical event of the year, while Barrett was named new female artist of the year. Rhett won male artist of the year and Jimmie Allen was named new male artist of the year.

Those acts performed Sunday, as did Alan Jackson, Lady A, Blake Shelton, Ashley McBryde, Brothers Osborne and Guyton, who gave an all-star performance of “Hold On” during the show, which she hosted with Keith Urban. She recently had her first child and became the first Black solo woman nominated for a Grammy in the country category this year.

Little Big Town also performed — but as a threesome. The Grammy winners sang “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” without band member Phillip Sweet since he recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Sweet and Bryan weren't the only country stars missing from the show. Morgan Wallen, whose latest album and singles have found major success on both the country and pop charts, was declared ineligible by the ACMs after he was caught on camera using a racial slur earlier this year.

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Awards Night Cocktail: Leading Lady - Recipes

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