The 2018 ACM Awards will be held in Las Vegas, marking the first time the country music community has returned to Las Vegas since the tragedy at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. In a video titled “Vegas Strong” posted by the Academy of Country music, several artists address the significance of bringing the award show back to Vegas.
Many of the artists included in the video, including High Valley, Ashley McBryde, Luke Combs and LANCO, performed at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Lindsay Ell spoke of her love for the fans and the importance of showing the strength within the country music community.
“We’re not going to let one person ruin the essence of why we do what we do,” Ell said in the video. “We do this because love country music and we’re going to band together as a country music family — because that’s what we do in country music — and show everybody how strong we are.”
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Brett Young echoed the same sentiment.
“I think the reason it’s important to bring it back to Vegas and for people to come is because you can’t let something like that stop you,” Young said.
Luke Combs said it’s important to show solidarity in the wake of tragedy.
“I’m glad that we’re going back because I think it shows solidarity that we all are a big family and that we all are there for each other,” Combs said.
The 2018 ACM Awards also mark the first time Jason Aldean will perform in Las Vegas since the shooting.