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Keith Urban opened the ACM Awards in Nashville from the Grand Ole Opry House with a monologue where he mentioned that America is contending with two pandemics: COVID-19 and social injustice.

Keith said in part, far too many lives have been lost to both. “But the examples set by our essential workers and first responders along with the voices crying out for equality for all walks of life that have echoed around the world and right here in our country community. they inspired us to come together and work together to address these challenges.”

“Country music is many things to many people, but at its center, at its core at its heart, I believe it is about community.” The songs the stories and the artists who tell them, they bring us healing and comfort and they bring hope. We sure could use some of that.”