4th ACM Party For A Cause Day 1 Recap – April 1, 2016

Las Vegas has officially gone country!

Yesterday afternoon (April 1), the Academy of Country Music kicked off the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.

The entire day was dedicated to country music’s finest females. “ACM Women of Country Night” featured performances from Carrie Underwood, Cam, Kelsea Ballerini, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler, and Maddie & Tae on the Ram Trucks Stage as well as Lauren Alaina, Kelleigh Bannen, Brandy Clark and Jana Kramer on the Cabela’s Stage.

The 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival will continue today with Dierks Bentley headlining the night while being joined on the Main Stage by Frankie Ballard, Lee Brice, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Chris Stapleton and Chris Young. Earlier performances on the Party Stage will feature Chase Bryant, Chris Lane, Jackson Michelson and A Thousand Horses.

Check out some photos and highlights from “ACM Women of Country Night” below. Don’t forget to stay glued to our Twitter @CS_Country, Instagram @celebsecretscountry, and Snapchat (CelebSecrets4U) for the behind-the-scenes scoop from the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival!

Carrie Underwood Brings Miranda Lambert On Stage for a Surprise Performance

Oh my goodness. 

We knew “ACM Women in Country Night” headliner Carrie Underwood was going to kill it on stage at the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival last night, but this set went from 0 to 100 real quick when Miranda Lambert joined the party! The duo performed their smash hit “Something Bad” to a roaring crowd. Check out some highlights from the performance above.

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Photo Credit: ACM Party for a Cause/Twitter

To close night one of the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival, Lauren Alaina, Kelleigh Bannen, Jana Kramer, and Kelli Pickler joined headliner Carrie Underwood for a grand finale performance of Underwood’s “Before He Cheats.”

Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for ACM
Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for ACM

Looks like last night was Carrie’s night! ACM CEO Bob Romeo presented Carrie Underwood on stage with the ACM Lifting Lives Gary Haber Award. She was chosen to receive this new award, named in honor of late ACM Lifting Lives Chairman Gary Haber, which was created by the ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors to recognize a country music artist or industry professional who is committed to serving others, has a generosity of spirit and shows a dedication to helping those in need. Underwood, one of Haber’s longtime clients, was among the first artists to partner with ACM Lifting Lives, bringing much needed musical instruments to the public schools in her hometown, Checotah, OK.

Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for ACM
Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for ACM

It was a Cinderella moment for Kelsea Ballerini. ACM CEO Bob Romeo presented Ballerini with her ACM Award for New Female Artist of the Year in front of an excited festival crowd. The “Dibs” singer was brought to tears after the presentation!

Featured Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for ACM

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.