Last night (April 2nd) was a big deal for country music as the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards took place in Las Vegas. Luke Bryan and second-timer, Dierks Bentley, hosted the show which featured big named performances, a few jokes and a nostalgic closing performance.
The evening kicked off with all five nominees for Entertainer of the Year performing a medley of hits. Jason Aldean sang, “Lights Come On,” Luke Bryan performed, “Move,” Florida Georgia Line sang, “H.O.L.Y.,” Carrie Underwood hit the stage to perform, “Church Bells” and Keith Urban ended things with “Wasted Time.”
Aldean was named the Entertainer of the Year, while Thomas Rhett snagged the awards for Song of the Year for “Die A Happy Man” and Male Vocalist of the Year. Miranda Lambert was another big winner, as she took home Female Vocalist of the Year award for a record-setting eighth time, as well as Album of the Year for The Weight of These Wings.
The ACM Awards trolled the Oscars' Best Picture flub when announcing the award for Song of the Year. Presenters Nancy O’Dell and David Copperfield announced the winner to be Emma Stone of La La Land. However, the true winner was Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man.” Faith Hill and Tim McGraw stole the show with a first-time performance of their duet, “Speak To A Girl.” There was also a tribute to Chuck Berry by Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Joe Walsh, who performed “Johnny B Goode.” Florida Georgia Line closed out the show with an epic performance of “God, Your Mama, And Me” with the Backstreet Boys, together ending the live broadcast with an electrifying performance of the boy band’s hit, “Everybody.”
New Female Vocalist of the Year: Maren Morris New Male Vocalist of the Year: Jon Pardi New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year: Brothers Osborne Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town Songwriter of the year: Lori McKenna Single Record of the Year: “H.O.L.Y.” by Florida Georgia Line Album of the Year: The Weight of These Wings by Miranda Lambert Video of the Year: “Forever Country” by Artists of Then, Now & Forever Vocal Event of the Year: “May We All” by Florida Georgia Line feat. Tim McGraw Male Vocalist of the Year: Thomas Rhett Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert Entertainer of the Year: Jason Aldean
The show kicked off with a medley of performances by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Aldean sang, “Lights Come On,” Bryan performed, “Move,” Florida Georgia Line sang, “H.O.L.Y.,” Underwood performed, “Church Bells” and Urban closed out the medley with “Wasted Time.” Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Joe Walsh gave a tribute to Chuck Berry, performing “Johnny B Goode.” Sam Hunt performed, “Body Like A Back Road.” Dierks Bentley took a break from hosting to perform, “Black.” Maren Morris sang, “I Could Use A Love Song.” Jason Aldean also performed, “Any Ol’ Barstool.” Miranda Lambert moved the audience with her performance of, “Tin Man.” Keith Urban performed, “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” He was later joined by Carrie Underwood to perform their record, “The Fighter.” Little Big Town performed, “Happy People.” Lady Antebellum sang their record, “You Look Good.” Brothers Osborne hit the stage to perform, “It Ain’t My Fault.” Kelsea Ballerini sang her hit, “Yeah Boy.” Chris Stapleton debuted his record, “Second One to Know.” Brett Eldredge performed, “Somethin' I'm Good At.” Luke Bryan also took off his hosting hat and performed, “Fast.” Tim McGraw and Faith Hill performed their duet, “Speak To A Girl.” Thomas Rhett sang, “Craving You,” Old Dominion performed, “There’s No Such Thing As A Broken Heart.” Cole Swindle and Dierks Bentley performed, “Flatliner.” Reba McEntire was joined by Christian singer Lauren Daigle, to perform her record, “Back to God.” Jon Pardi performed, “Dirt On My Boots.” Florida Georgia Line performed, “God, Your Mama, And Me.” They were then joined by the Backstreet Boys and gave a high-energy performance of BSB’s hit, “Everybody.”