Dan + Shay Explain That Audio Issue During Their 2021 ACM Awards Performance
The 2021 ACM Awards gave Dan + Shay, who won Duo of the Year during the show on Sunday night (April 18), plenty to celebrate; however, they also dealt with some technical difficulties during their performance.
As the duo sang their new song "Glad You Exist" from Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, an audio/video sync issue occurred, causing some fans on Twitter to wonder if the duo might be lip-syncing. Rather, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney explained backstage in the virtual ACMs press room, an audio glitch that occurred during their performance, which was pre-taped in advance of the show, caused the problem.
"It's been a difficult time to put these awards show together during these crazy times, and a lot of us have had to pre-tape our performances, and that's what we did," Mooney explained. "We pre-taped it yesterday. We were super stoked about the performance."
The glitch, he continued, was the unfortunate result of how complicated it is to create the awards show, particularly since the ACMs air from multiple different venues across Nashville.
"It's just one of those things that happens, you know," Mooney added. "There's a lot of things going on. So it happened, we were bummed, and it is what it is. And they did a great job putting together a great show."
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