New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Winners have been announced for the 54TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, which aired LIVE earlier this evening, hosted by iconic entertainer and 16-time ACM Award® winner, Reba McEntire, on the CBS Television Network from the MGM Grand Garden Arena
in Las Vegas, NV. The ACM Awards named Keith Urban
as Entertainer of the Year, his first win in the category and the evening's biggest honor. With this win, he will receive the prestigious ACM Triple Crown Award, as he previously received awards for New Male Vocalist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.
Dan + Shay
won Duo of the Year as well as Song of the Year and Single of the Year for "Tequila." In addition to the wins as an artist, Dan Smyers received two individual wins as a producer in the Single of the Year category and songwriter in the Song of the Year category.
won Female Artist of the Year for the first time. She also won Album of the Year as both artist and producer, for Golden Hour. Musgraves previously won in the Album of the Year category in 2013 for Same Trailer Different Park. Thomas
Rhett won Male Vocalist of the Year for the second time. He first won the award at the 52nd ACM Awards in 2017.
During the telecast, former ACM Artist of the Decade Award honoree George
Strait presented Jason Aldean
with the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award. In celebration of the honor, Aldean performed a medley of his hits including "Lights Come On," "Don't You Wanna Stay
" with Kelly
Clarkson and "Dirt Road Anthem."
won Group of the Year Award for the second consecutive year. During the ACM Awards red carpet, Songwriter of the Year winner Shane McAnally surprised Old Dominion
on the red carpet at the PEOPLE Digital Red Carpet
Pre-Show with the news of their win. Earlier in the day it was also announced Dierks Bentley
and Brothers Osborne
Event of the Year for "Burning Man," and Chris Janson
won ACM Video of the Year" for "Drunk Girl." McEntire surprised Janson with the news backstage before the show.
Luke Combs, LANCO
and Ashley McBryde were also previously announced winners of the New Male Artist of the Year, New Group of the Year and New Female Artist of the Year, respectively and each performed on the show. The winners received a surprise phone call from host Carrie Underwood
last month notifying them of the news.
Shane McAnally was announced as the winner of this year's ACM Songwriter of the Year Award on Friday at the ACM Stories, Songs & Stars: A Songwriter's Event Benefitting ACM Lifting Lives, which was presented to him by the event's hosts Hillary Scott and Storme Warren, alongside reigning ACM Songwriter of the Year winner, Rhett Akins.
Country Music's Party of the Year featured an all-star lineup of collaborations and memorable performances. The awards telecast once again featured "ACM Flashbacks" with 29-time ACM Award-winning duo Brooks & Dunn
performing "Brand New Man" with Luke Combs, and the King of Country Music
and 24-time ACM Award winner George
Strait performing "Run" with Miranda
Lambert. In addition, Lambert, the most-awarded artist in ACM Awards history with 32 wins, performed a flashback medley of her greatest hits.
Chrissy Metz, star of the upcoming movie BREAKTHROUGH, made her live television performance debut at the ACM Awards and was joined on stage by Lauren
Alaina, Mickey Guyton, Maddie & Tae
and Carrie Underwood
for a special rendition of the song "I'm Standing With You" from the film's soundtrack. The powerful performance spotlighted ACM Lifting Lives®, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music
dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.
The awards telecast also featured solo performances by Luke Bryan, Little
Big Town, Reba McEntire, Old Dominion, Thomas
Shelton, Chris Stapleton, George
Strait, Carrie Underwood
and Keith Urban. Additional highlights included collaborations by Dierks Bentley
& Brandi Carlile
performing "Travelin' Light," Kane Brown
performing "Good as You" & "Saturday Nights," Eric Church
& Ashley McBryde performing "The Snake," Dan + Shay
Clarkson performing "Keeping Score," Florida Georgia Line
& Jason Aldean
performing "Can't Hide Red" and Maren Morris
& Brothers Osborne
performing "All My Favorite People."
Following is the list of winners in the 14 categories voted on by the membership:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR:
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Thomas
DUO OF THE YEAR:
Dan + Shay
GROUP OF THE YEAR:
NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
NEW DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]:
Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves
SINGLE OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]:
Tequila - Dan + Shay
SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]:
Tequila - Dan + Shay
VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] (Off Camera Award):
Drunk Girl - Chris Janson
MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)] (Off Camera Award):
Burning Man - Dierks Bentley
featuring Brothers Osborne
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR*(Off Camera Award):