Tenille Townes & Riley Green Presented With ACM Awards During Opry Show

Tenille Townes & Riley Green Presented With ACM Awards During Opry Show

The Grand Ole Opry tallied its 4,941st consecutive Saturday night broadcast on Sept. 12 with a showcase featuring Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Riley Green and Mark Wills.

During the show, Tenille and Riley were presented with ACM Awards for New Female Vocalist of the Year and New Male Vocalist of the Year, respectively. In August, the Academy of Country Music revealed Tenille and Riley as two “early” winners from the upcoming 55th ACM Awards, which will air live from Nashville on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

From the Opry stage on Saturday night, Mark presented Riley with his award, while Ashley presented Tenille with her award.

“It’s such an honor,” said Riley. “I really never even dreamed of something like this happening. A lot of people helped to get me where I am today. My entire team in Nashville, all my family and friends back home for all their support, the fans, country radio, and most importantly the two men that inspired this last song I’m going to play, Buford Green and Lendon Bonds, ‘I Wish Grandpas Never Died.’”

“Such an honor to follow in your footsteps and call you a friend, Ashley,” said Tenille. “It really is just a great joy to get to do this thing I love to do. It’s a dream to get to remember this moment here on the Grand Ole Opry stage and it is an honor to be a part of this country music community.”

The ACM Awards will take place on Sept. 16 at three iconic Nashville institutions: the Grand Ole Opry House, The Bluebird Cafe and Ryman Auditorium. Keith Urban will host the show for the first time.

photos by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter