LAS VEGAS, NV- The Academy of Country Music hosted its 54th awards show allowing country music entertainers to take home awards honoring their accomplishments in the past year.
The show was hosted by Reba McEntire. Reba took the stage discussing how she was extremely disappointed in the fact that no women were honored for entertainer of the year. However, she claimed that it was still an entertaining night and an honor to get to see who won entertainer of the year, male vocalist of the year, female vocalist of the year, and so on, while getting the chance to listen to live performances by numerous country singers throughout the evening.
The show began with Dan + Shay taking home the first three awards. Their song “Tequila” won single of the year, and song of the year. They also went on to win the duo band of the year award. Reba came on to the stage and referred to the night as the Dan + Shay show. As a fan I thought “Tequila” deserved to be song of the year, and single of the year, however I personally thought the song “Meant to Be” by Florida Georgia Line and Babe Rhexa would win either the single of the year or song of the year award after spending 50 weeks as the number one song on country music airplay, breaking a record previously held by Sam Hunt with “Body Like a Back Road” by 25 weeks.
Old Dominion won the ACM group of the year award for the second consecutive year. As a fan I was no shocked by this achievement as their 2017 album Happy Endings still has songs that are still popular on country music radio today. Old Dominion also plans to release their third album in 2019 as they have already released two new singles “Make it Sweet” and “One-Man Band” this year.
Thomas Rhett took home male vocalist of the year for the second time in the last three years. I was extremely happy to see Rhett win the award, and think this man who is only 29 years old will be nominated for ACM Entertainer of the Year sometime in the next two to three years.
Kacey Musgraves won album of the year for her latest album, Golden Hour. This album made history as being the sixth country album ever recorded to reach the “Triple Crown”. A Triple Crown is where an album wins The CMA Album of the Year, A Grammy, and the ACM Album of the Year. Shania Twains Come on Over album released in 1997 has sold more copies then any other album released by a woman, however this album did not even win this plateau.
The Academy of Country Music Album of the Year was not the only award that Musgraves took home on Sunday night. She would also go on to win the Female Artist of the Year, stopping Miranda Lambert from winning the award for the 10th consecutive year.
Jason Aldean was awarded the artist of the decade for his success over the past 10 years. The legendary artist who everyone calls the “King”, George Strait, came to the stage to pass the award down to Jason Aldean. Aldean humbly stated that it was honored to receive the award as it was given to him by his idol and stated that this was the greatest achievement of his career. After his speech, Aldean performed a few of his many hits released in the past decade.
The last award to be given was the award for Entertainer of the Year. This year that award was given to Keith Urban. Out of all the nominees, Urban deserved it as his latest album, Graffiti U, was a huge success. Urban always puts on good shows in concert. Urban, like all the other artists who received awards gave a speech thanking his family and his record labels for their support in helping him reach that milestone.
The night ended with the legandary George Strait singing his new song “Every Little Honkytonk Bar”.
To catch more information about the Academy of Country Music Awards, be sure to listen to Country Roads on WRMU 91.1 on Wednesday Night from 9-11 p.m. as I, Mac Gilbert will be discussing the award ceremony in full detail.