Dan + Shay Explain the Audio Glitch During Their ACMs Performance

Dan + Shay had a great night at the 2021 ACM Awards, winning Duo of the Year and performing their new song “Glad You Exist” from Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe.

Unfortunately, there was a technical glitch during the performance that led some fans to accuse the Duo of lip-syncing.

Dan and Shay addressed the audio glitch in the ACM newsroom. Shay Mooney explained, “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,. 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, from multiple different venues across Nashville.

“It’s just one of those things that happens, you know. 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.”

They also shared the performance with fans on Instagram saying, “…thanks so much to our fans for the kind words and support on social media tonight, and for being patient with the whole situation. we love y’all and are so grateful for everything you have given us. and to win duo of the year for the 3rd year in a row…truly speechless. hope y’all have a great night, and seriously, thank you. we’re the luckiest guys in the world. here is the performance as it was recorded. ❤️”


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A publicist for the ACMs also denied the duo were lip-syncing in a statement made to USA Today.