Mickey Guyton Is the First Black Woman Ever to Perform at the ACM Awards (& It’s About Time)

Mickey Guyton made history while performing at the ACM Awards on Wednesday, becoming the first Black woman to ever perform at the ceremony in its 55-year history.

At the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Guyton performed a beautiful rendition of her song "What Are You Gonna Tell Her?" as country star Keith Urban accompanied her on the piano.

The mother-to-be stunned in a white, off-the-shoulder maternity dress, revealing a slight baby bump as she performed on stage. 

When asked about her groundbreaking performance, she said to People, "Let me tell you, it has been a long time coming for me. It's been a struggle for me for a long time. To get this opportunity to represent for Black women at the ACM Awards and to sing a song about the oppression of women and trying to change that—it really does mean a lot to me to be able to do that at the ACMs." *cue applause*

Maren Morris, who won Female Artist of the Year, showed her support for Guyton on her Instagram Story and said, "Congratulations @mickeyguyton on an amazing performance and being the FIRST BLACK WOMAN to perform at the @acmawards!"

The 37-year-old singer announced that she is expecting her first child with her husband, Grant Savoy, in August. On Instagram, she wrote, "I'm so excited to announce that I'm having a baby! My life completely changed in an instant. Literally nothing else matters. I'm so excited and terrified all at the same time. I have no idea what I am doing but am so thankful that God chose me to be this baby's mom."

From her growing bundle of joy to her history-making performance, it looks like Guyton has plenty of reasons to celebrate—and we're right there with her!

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