Lindsay Ell came prepared to shake off the COVID blues at the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards, sporting a pair of aviator blue light blocking glasses on radio row. “Girl, I’m bringing the blue blockers back,” the singer told RADIO.COM’s Katie Neal. “All of us have been sitting on way too many zooms. Flare jeans came back, neon came back. I’m bringing blue blockers into style.”
The “What Happens In A Small Town” singer heads into Wednesday night’s show garnering a nomination for New Female Artist of the Year. Apart from her success, Lindsay says she’s excited the ACM’s planned a show despite the spread of COVID-19.
“Who would have thought we could continue ACM Awards in COVID times? This is so incredible. The ACMs have done such a good job actually making this happen. I miss you so much I wish I could hug you in person.”
Her latest album, Heart Theory, explores the seven stages of grief. It’s an applicable message for many Americans coping with mental health issues during a difficult year. “This record for me has been so much therapy. Writing it, getting to release it,” she said.
“I wrote this record about the transformation I’ve been through in the past couple of years and I wanted to write a concept album of the order of that process.”
Fans have responded in kind to Lindsay’s message, reaching out to her and reflecting on their own struggles. “It makes my heart so happy I can get DM’s from fans being like ‘Lindsay, thank you for writing a record that’s helping me through this time in my life.’”
The 55TH Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Keith Urban airs September 16, 8PM ET on CBS.