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Energetic Backstreet Boys bring the nostalgia to ACM Awards

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/3/2017 By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer
Brian Littrell, left, and Nick Carter, second from right, of Backstreet Boys, and Brian Kelley, second left, and Tyler Hubbard, right, of Florida Georgia Line, perform at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Brian Littrell, left, and Nick Carter, second from right, of Backstreet Boys, and Brian Kelley, second left, and Tyler Hubbard, right, of Florida Georgia Line, perform at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

While Justin Timberlake had a show-stopping moment alongside Chris Stapleton at the 2015 Country Music Association Awards, it was the Backstreet Boys who shined brightly at the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards.

Brian Littrell, from left, Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Kevin Richardson, and Howie Dorough, of Backstreet Boys, perform at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Brian Littrell, from left, Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Kevin Richardson, and Howie Dorough, of Backstreet Boys, perform at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The boy band had the night's liveliest moment Sunday in Las Vegas: the fivesome brought the party vibe to life while singing their classic "Everybody (Backstreet Back)" along with duo Florida Georgia Line.

Jason Aldean accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Jason Aldean accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Carrie Underwood and Nicole Kidman were just a few of the audience members at the T-Mobile Arena who felt the nostalgia, sang along and danced excitedly.

Tyler Hubbard, center, of Florida Georgia Line, Kevin Richardson, left, and Howie Dorough, right, of Backstreet Boys, perform at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Tyler Hubbard, center, of Florida Georgia Line, Kevin Richardson, left, and Howie Dorough, right, of Backstreet Boys, perform at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The performance hit a new height when Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of FGL joined the Backstreet Boys during their memorable dance routine, earning louder cheers from the crowd.

Kellie Pickler, right, presents Jon Pardi with the award for new male vocalist of the year at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Kellie Pickler, right, presents Jon Pardi with the award for new male vocalist of the year at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Before that moment, FGL sang their duet with the boy band, "God, Your Mama and Me." It was the duo's third performance at three-hour show, which aired live on CBS.

Lauren Daigle, left, and Reba McEntire perform "Back to God" at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Lauren Daigle, left, and Reba McEntire perform "Back to God" at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Though they won two awards, FGL lost the top prize — entertainer of the year — to Jason Aldean, who also won the honor last year.

Dierks Bentley, left, and Cole Swindell perform "Flatliner" at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Dierks Bentley, left, and Cole Swindell perform "Flatliner" at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"Man, one of the Eagles just gave me an award," he said, looking to Joe Walsh. "I am so thankful. You guys don't know how much I love getting up and doing what I do every day."

Dierks Bentley, left, and Cole Swindell perform "Flatliner" at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Dierks Bentley, left, and Cole Swindell perform "Flatliner" at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

FGL, Aldean and Walsh were part of the six separate performances that kicked off the high-energy ACM Awards.

Dierks Bentley, left, and Cole Swindell perform "Flatliner" at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Dierks Bentley, left, and Cole Swindell perform "Flatliner" at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Walsh and co-hosts Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley performed "Johnny B. Goode" in tribute to Chuck Berry, who died last month.

Ronnie Dunn introduces a performance by Reba McEntire and Lauren Daigle at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Ronnie Dunn introduces a performance by Reba McEntire and Lauren Daigle at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"For the man that influenced every form of music, including country," Bryan said.

Lauren Daigle, left, and Reba McEntire perform "Back to God" at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Lauren Daigle, left, and Reba McEntire perform "Back to God" at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Keith Urban, who had success with his genre-bending, Grammy-nominated album "Ripcord," was the top nominee with seven, though he walked away empty-handed.

Jon Pardi, left, performs "Dirt on My Boots" at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Jon Pardi, left, performs "Dirt on My Boots" at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

But he shined onstage when he sang the soulful "Blue Ain't Your Color" with a throwback, black-and-white vibe, while the back of the stage was smoky and bright blue. As he switched to the upbeat, disco-flavored "The Fighter" — where he was joined by Underwood — the camera focused on his actress-wife, who sang and danced along.

Lauren Daigle, left, and Reba McEntire perform "Back to God" at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Lauren Daigle, left, and Reba McEntire perform "Back to God" at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Miranda Lambert also had a top-notch performance: She earned a standing ovation after she sang the slow, acoustic-sounding "Tin Man" as the crowd watched along seriously while she hit all the right notes and strummed her guitar.

Nick Carter, from right, of Backstreet Boys, and from left, Tyler Hubbard, and Brian Kelley, of Florida Georgia Line, perform at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Nick Carter, from right, of Backstreet Boys, and from left, Tyler Hubbard, and Brian Kelley, of Florida Georgia Line, perform at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

She won album of the year for her double disc, "The Weight of These Wings," and female vocalist of the year, besting Reba McEntire's record for most wins in the category.

Hosts Luke Bryan, left, and Dierks Bentley present a performance by Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Hosts Luke Bryan, left, and Dierks Bentley present a performance by Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"I am really so thrilled that I can still lead the charge for women in this business, on any level of this business, singer-songwriters, anybody behind-the-scenes, managers, whatever it is," Lambert said backstage, winning her eighth consecutive female vocalist trophy. "I am just so thrilled that I can keep pushing forward and making way for other women to do the same thing."

Thomas Rhett poses in the press room with his awards for artist and songwriter for song of the year for "Die A Happy Man," and male vocalist of the year at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Thomas Rhett poses in the press room with his awards for artist and songwriter for song of the year for "Die A Happy Man," and male vocalist of the year at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Thomas Rhett was a multiple winner too. Before he took home song of the year for "Die a Happy Man," the presenters earned laughs from the audience for mocking the infamous mishap at the recent Academy Awards.

Jon Pardi poses in the press room with the award for new male vocalist of the year at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Jon Pardi poses in the press room with the award for new male vocalist of the year at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"This is odd. David?" asked "Entertainment Tonight" host Nancy O'Dell, who had the winner's card in her hand.

Jon Pardi poses in the press room with the award for new male vocalist of the year at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Jon Pardi poses in the press room with the award for new male vocalist of the year at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"Emma Stone, 'La La Land,'" magician David Copperfield announced.

Brian Kelley, third from left, and Tyler Hubbard, third from right, of Florida Georgia Line, and from left, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, and Kevin Richardson, of Backstreet Boys, perform at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Brian Kelley, third from left, and Tyler Hubbard, third from right, of Florida Georgia Line, and from left, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, and Kevin Richardson, of Backstreet Boys, perform at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Rhett also won male vocalist of the year, beating out Urban, Aldean, Bentley and Chris Stapleton. In his seat, he shook his head after his name was announced.

Jason Aldean accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Jason Aldean accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"I don't have a whole lot of words except for: Everyone in this category are my idols," said Rhett, who was teary-eyed and paused throughout his speech. "This is the most amazing award that I've ever received in my whole existence."

Brian Littrell, left, and Nick Carter, second from right, of Backstreet Boys, and Brian Kelley, second left, and Tyler Hubbard, right, of Florida Georgia Line, perform at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Brian Littrell, left, and Nick Carter, second from right, of Backstreet Boys, and Brian Kelley, second left, and Tyler Hubbard, right, of Florida Georgia Line, perform at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Rhett also sang his new collaboration with Maren Morris, who won new female vocalist of the year.

Brian Kelley, center, of Florida Georgia Line, Nick Carter, left, and Brian Littrell, right, of Backstreet Boys, perform at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Brian Kelley, center, of Florida Georgia Line, Nick Carter, left, and Brian Littrell, right, of Backstreet Boys, perform at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Sam Hunt performed his No. 1 hit, "Body Like a Back Road," and he went into the audience to sit next to his fiancé to sing the song. Other performers included Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Kelsea Ballerini as well as Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, who sang a new duet.

Miranda Lambert poses in the press room with her awards for album of the year for "The Weight of These Wings," and female vocalist of the year at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Miranda Lambert poses in the press room with her awards for album of the year for "The Weight of These Wings," and female vocalist of the year at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The music video for "Forever Country," the medley celebrating the Country Music Association Awards' 50th anniversary featuring Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and others, won video of the year. Brothers Osborne were double winners, while Jon Pardi and songwriter Lori McKenna also picked up trophies.

Miranda Lambert poses in the press room with her awards for album of the year for "The Weight of These Wings," and female vocalist of the year at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Miranda Lambert poses in the press room with her awards for album of the year for "The Weight of These Wings," and female vocalist of the year at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Little Big Town won vocal group of the year, beating out Lady Antebellum.

Jon Pardi, left, accepts the award for new male vocalist of the year at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. Kellie Pickler looks on from right. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Jon Pardi, left, accepts the award for new male vocalist of the year at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. Kellie Pickler looks on from right. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"I just wanna be in Lady Antebellum's band," Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman yelled.

"Me too," screamed fellow member Karen Fairchild.

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