By Kurt Wolff
Justin Moore wears a large cowboy had and is known for traditionally minded country hits like “Bait a Hook” and “Point at You,” so hearing him belt out the Motley Crue classic “Home Sweet Home” alongside Vince Neil at last night’s ACM Party for a Cause event was a little, well, out of sorts.
Then again, it kinda made sense. This is, after all, Las Vegas, where stranger collaborations have certainly happened. Also, Moore’s label Big Machine recently announced they’d be releasing a country tribute to Motley Crue. Artists confirmed for the tribute album include Moore, Florida Georgia Line, Eli Young Band and Cassadee Pope.
The performance last night (April 4) was part of the second annual Party for a Cause, with the cause in this case being Outnumber Hunger, which aims to end hunger in America. The show featured Moore, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, Pope, Danielle Bradbery, Thomas Rhett, Will Hoge, Charlie Worsham and many others.
Moore was in top spirits during his 45-minute show, which was set against the backdrop of Las Vegas’ glimmering new Ferris wheel. Nominated for Best New Artist at this Sunday’s ACM Awards, he told the crowd several times how thrilled he was to get his first-ever ACM nomination.
And no, he’s not bothered by the fact that nomination is for New Artist, even though he’s got years of experience and several hit songs under his belt.
“We’ve been out six years and have three albums out, and we’re out headlining our own arena tour, so it was a little shocking to be up for New Artist,” Moore told Radio.com during an interview before his Party for a Cause performance. “But after six years of not being nominated for anything, I would take Female Vocalist.” He laughed, adding, “I’m thinking about growing my hair out.”
“But in all seriousness, I’m excited,” he continued. “To me, that’s nothing negative, about saying ‘new.’ That means, hopefully, everybody still thinks we’re doing something fresh.”
New Artist of the Year is a fan-voted award, and voting is currently open at voteacm.com.
The 49th ACM Awards air Sunday, April 6 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS.