LAS VEGAS — The Band Perry quickly let their hair down — and messed up everybody else’s — during the first performance at the ACM Awards on Sunday night (April 6). For their new single, “Chainsaw,” the sibling trio decided to go with the next best thing to sawdust — a whole lot of white confetti falling over everybody’s perfectly-styled hair.
“We figured it was a great icebreaker,” Kimberly Perry told reporters backstage after the trio won their first-ever vocal group award. “I know sometimes when we sit down for the first song at an awards shows, it’s like, ‘All right, how’s my hair? How’s my dress?’ But the ACMs are about having a good time. We’re in Vegas, for crying out loud. So we felt like it was the best thing to do — have a little icebreaker and start it on an irreverent note.”
Neil Perry added, “There’s always that one thing in an awards show that just lets out all of the pent-up energy, and we were like, ‘Let’s just get it out at the beginning of the show. Let’s just have a great time.’”
“For us, that was confetti,” Kimberly added. “What did we say, though? ‘We came, we saw, we confetti’ed them all.’ Yeah, that was fun.”
The trio said they had been in Las Vegas for the last 11 days rehearsing their performance.
“If The Judds and Led Zeppelin have a love child, it would be ‘Chainsaw,’” Kimberly said. “So we thought, ‘What a better way to kick off the ACMs?’ A little bit of hillbilly, a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll.”
Three years ago, The Band Perry picked up their first ACM trophies as new artist of the year and new vocal or group of the year. But they played in bands, separately and together, throughout their childhood.
“I feel like, for the three of us, persistence has been our best friend,” Reid Perry said. “For the past 15 years, we just have never said no and always put one foot in front of the other until getting to this point and beyond. I feel like we’re our own biggest competitors. We’re always setting the bar to the next level just because we love to do what we do. We love playing live. We love going out and playing country songs to all of our country music-loving fans out there.”
Kimberly added, “Awards are special things because they absolutely are validation from your peers, and that is such a special thing. The country music family is such a coveted one to be a part of, and tonight we feel like part of the family.”