Maren Morris Takes To The Ryman Stage With ‘To Hell & Back’ at 2020 ACM Awards

Maren Morris; Photo by Brent Harrington/CBS
Maren Morris; Photo by Brent Harrington/CBS
Maren Morris; Photo by Brent Harrington/CBS

Maren Morris performed her current single “To Hell & Back” live from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. on Wednesday (Sept. 16).

The country superstar looked stunning donned in an orange and fuchsia pink floral print ensemble with neon orange heels to match.

“I feel like this year, maybe it’s because it’s just what I’m gravitating to when I listen to music. I want to hear music that’s real and emotional and I’ve been listening to a ton of ballads and heart-wrenching songs because it feels real and really therapeutic and medicinal for my soul this year, in the midst of everything that’s been happening and not been happening,” Morris explained ahead of her performance. “I wanted to play a song that was kind of met the times, cause I feel like this year has been hell for a lot of us and it’s also had it’s bright moments and silver linings and so Hell & Back really is about getting through that dark tunnel and seeing the light.”

“To Hell & Back” was co-written by Morris alongside Jessie Jo Dillon and Laura Veltz, the song is featured Morris’ album, GIRL.

Morris is the most nominated female at this year’s ACM Awards, with a total of five nods including Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for GIRL as artist and producer, Music Event Of The Year for “Fooled Around And Fell In Love,” Group of the Year with The Highwomen.

The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards also featured performances from Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Riley Green, Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi, Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, Tenille Townes, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban with P!nk, Morgan Wallen and Eric Church.

The 2020 ACM Awards took place in Music City for the first time ever. The three-hour show took place at three iconic venues: Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe.

Hosted by Keith Urban, the star-studded event aired on Wednesday, September 16 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on CBS Television Network and streamed live and on-demand on CBS All Access.