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Mickey Guyton Co-Hosts 2021 ACM Awards and Performs Her 'Prayer,' 'Hold On'

It's been a big night at the 2021 ACM Awards for Mickey Guyton. She made history as the first Black woman to ever host the awards show, alongside co-host Keith Urban. She previously made history at the Grammy Awards as the first Black female solo artist to receive a nomination in the country category. In addition to hosting this year, Guyton was nominated for New Female Artist of the Year, which was awarded to Gabby Barrett.

"I'm beyond thrilled to be co-hosting with my friend Mickey," Urban said in a statement. "I love that finally everyone will get to see her infectious energy and uber creative spirit in full light."

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Throughout the evening, Guyton couldn't have been more charming and looked right at home in her hosting gig even though it was her first time. Through multiple outfit changes and performances between various locations around Nashville, Guyton had a smile on her face and genuinely added to the excitement of the performance she was introducing.

"Hold On" was originally released on the soundtrack for the 2019 film Breakthrough. The movie, starring This Is Us star Chrissy Metz, was inspired by the true story of a teenager who survived a fall through an icy lake. When introducing the song, Guyton said she wrote "Hold On" as a prayer and hopes that it inspires others to hold on in tough times or when faced with uncertainty. Dressed in blue and surrounded by shining lights, Guyton gave an inspiring performance of her song.

See the full list of 2021 ACM Award winners here.

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