Country Music Artists Honor Route 91 Shooting Victims At ACM Award Show 

Posted: 1:55 pm Monday, April 16th, 2018

By Staff Writer

It was just over 6 months ago, in the very same spot that the ACM Awards were held this year, that a senseless tragedy took the lives of 58 people and injured 851 others during a country music festival. Route 91 Harvest Festival will never be forgotten, especially for the fans, artists, and crew that were there that dreadful day. This last weekend, all the country music artists were back in Las Vegas to celebrate one of the greatest genres of music, but of course, couldn’t forget what happened there just over 6 months ago so the Acadamy of Country Music decided to honor those victims with pins at the award show. Artists had an “851” pin, a “58” or a “1” pin to represent 851 injured, 58 killed, 1 voice to make a change.

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Tyler Hubbard’s wife (FGL) posted a lengthy post with her photo as well to honor those victims. She posted a photo of the pin and the parking lot the event took place and captioned it with “My heart weeps as I look down and am reminded of all of the 58 lives that were lost, the 851 that were injured, 22,000 people that endured a night of terror right here, and all of the families that are affected by this tragedy. Tyler and I had an impromptu moment of silence the moment we stepped in our room and saw the eerie empty parking lot right outside our window. We prayed for everyone that had to endure the horror of that awful night, for our children and their children- that they never have to experience anything like this in their lifetime, and that there is resolution soon.
We wear these pins tonight at @acmawardsto tell the world we have not forgotten you. We have not forgotten your names. Carrie, Nicol, Steve, Andrea, Denise, Sandy, Chris – 58 souls lost that night. We continue to keep all the families who lost someone, all 851 fans who were injured and 22,000 fans who were there in our hearts.  They are with us every single night in every single town. The fans in Las Vegas last October were ALL of our fans. Many are still dealing with injuries and trauma from that night and we want to do everything we can to support them #FANSFIRST #VEGASSTRONG 🙏🏻”

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My heart weeps as I look down and am reminded of all of the 58 lives that were lost, the 851 that were injured, 22,000 people that endured a night of terror right here, and all of the families that are affected by this tragedy. Tyler and I had an impromptu moment of silence the moment we stepped in our room and saw the eerie empty parking lot right outside our window. We prayed for everyone that had to endure the horror of that awful night, for our children and their children- that they never have to experience anything like this in their lifetime, and that there is resolution soon. We wear these pins tonight at @acmawards to tell the world we have not forgotten you. We have not forgotten your names. Carrie, Nicol, Steve, Andrea, Denise, Sandy, Chris – 58 souls lost that night. We continue to keep all the families who lost someone, all 851 fans who were injured and 22,000 fans who were there in our hearts. They are with us every single night in every single town. The fans in Las Vegas last October were ALL of our fans. Many are still dealing with injuries and trauma from that night and we want to do everything we can to support them #FANSFIRST #VEGASSTRONG 🙏🏻

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She wasn’t the only one that opened up on social media about how the events of that October day affected them… Here are some other posts by artists from Cole Swindell to Granger Smith to Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town:

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Our arrival for the ACMs was sobering to say the least. We overlook Mandalay, overlooking where route 91 was. . 851: the number of people Injured. 58: the family members we lost. 1: it’s you and it’s us. It’s the ones that are still here. The ones still hurting and the ones still showing up at every single show in every single town. . If you’ve felt like we’ve moved on while you’re hurting, I want you to know: There isn’t a show that we don’t think of you or a show I don’t look for the exits. When I think of how hard this life can be I remember the ones who lost their people, their sight or their limbs. I think of the brave ones like our friend Taylor who piled the injured in a stolen truck to save their lives. . Above all, I am thankful for a family that is so much more than fans. We all went through something and some of y’all went through more than we can imagine. We love you. We’ll never forget you. You’re with us always. We know it and feel it. . Thankful to be back in vegas with our people, staring fear in the face and saying we aren’t afraid. Thankful for a perfect love that drives out all fear. Thankful for the family that is country music. #FansFirst #VegasStrong

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Tonight I’m gonna wear these pins for the 851 injured, the 58 lost and the 1 life we can save in the future if we’re willing to start a conversation about things that need to be done for our children, our families and our fans. It is with absolute respect for our fans, their personal beliefs and their own stories that I don’t claim to have the answers or an agenda. I just know we must discuss ways to protect our freedoms and rights but also our sons and daughters. Is anything more important than them? We need a revolution of hearts and minds to see change. Our children need us. We owe those loyal fans that came to a festival in Las Vegas to listen to their favorite music but instead lived through and died over a senseless act. Many still healing from injuries, many still hurting over things they witnessed. It’s for them that I have hope in my heart that it can happen. We’ve prayed for the survivors, shed tears for the ones we lost but we can do more and we can do better. We can figure this out together. I know we can. Let’s put our fear and pride down and talk about how to protect this beautiful country and beautiful people we love so much. Maybe if we start the conversation we can save a life, and wouldn’t it be worth it? With much love and admiration. Karen #851581 #startaconversation #savealife #vegasstrong #fansfirst

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We are thankful to get to be a part of country music. We are thankful we get to live in a country where our voices can be heard. We are hopeful that together we can create a better world for our children. To the many still living with injuries and trauma from that night in Las Vegas, we want to do everything we can to continue to support you-and today we honor you by wearing the number 851. To the fans, road families and family members of those who lost someone-we wear this number today-58-to let you know one thing: we have not forgotten you. We have not forgotten your names. Carrie, Nicol, Steve, Andrea, Denise, Sandy, Chris, so many lost, and so many loved ones still mourning. You are with us not only tonight in Las Vegas as we come together, but every single night in every single town. We love you all, Thomas Rhett and Lauren💛💛 #fansfirst #vegasstrong

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We got to our hotel room in Vegas excited to open the curtains and see a view of the Vegas strip or a beautiful view of the mountains, but we looked out over this. The lot of Route 91. A chill went thru my body and I wanted to look away, close the curtains and pretend it didn’t exist, but I stopped for a second. Looking away doesn’t make this all go away. Turning a blind eye to this scene doesn’t help ease the pain of all that were lost that day. Staring darkness in the face and overcoming that fear is what changes things. Not in the natural but in the atmosphere of this city. We aren’t afraid of darkness. We aren’t afraid to be strong. And we’re not afraid to shine our light even brighter now as we all come back to Vegas together. We remember every single person who was hurt by this act of darkness. We love you and we will always be here to support you and we will keep spreading light and love to overcome darkness and hate. 851 58 1

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As we sit in our room prepping for ACMs, we have a pit in our stomach because we have a perfect view of the Route 91 venue & the room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay where evil waited to strike. How do we go on without saying a word? We don’t. We are grateful we get to live in a country where our voices can be heard & we are hopeful that together we can create a better world for our children. These venues are our homes every day, where we spend most of our time every year. We want to comfort fans and families still living with injuries and emotional trauma from that night in Las Vegas, and today we honor you by wearing the number 851. To the fans, road families and family members of those who lost someone-we wear this number today-58-to let you know one thing: we have not forgotten you. We have not forgotten your names. Carrie, Nicol, Steve, Andrea, Denise, Sandy, Chris, so many lost, and loved ones still mourning. Please know you are with us not only tonight in Las Vegas , but every single night in every single town, at every single show. We are all one ☝🏽

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Had no idea this was gonna be our view for a couple days here in Vegas for the acms but I’m glad it was. To be honest when I first opened the curtains it actually took my breath away. It made it more real than ever. Every day I’ve taken some time a couple times a day to pray over this lot, the lost, and all of the families and fans effected by this terrible act. I’m learning in my life it’s better to face the uncomfortable, the fear, the crazy, head on. To all of those still living with the memories, injuries, and emotional trauma of that night we want you to know we love you and you are not forgotten. Today we honor you by wearing an 851 pin. Let’s shine brighter than ever, for only light can drive out darkness. #851 #route91harvest #vegasstrong

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