LAS VEGAS (CelebrityAccess) – Winners have been announced for the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which aired live Sunday evening, on the CBS Television Network from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
Hosted by country music icon and 16-time ACM Award winner, Reba McEntire, 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 his 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.
Kacey Musgraves 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.”
Additional awards were given out to Old Dominion, who won Group of the Year Award for the second consecutive year, as well as Luke Combs (New Male Artist of the Year), LANCO (New Group of the Year), Ashley McBryde (New Female Artist of the Year) and Shane McAnally (Songwriter of the Year) among others.
Country Music’s Party of the Year featured an all-star lineup
The awards telecast also featured solo performances by Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Carrie Underwood
The complete list of this year’s winners is as follows:
Entertainer of The Year
Female Artist of The Year
Male Artist of The Year
Dan + Shay
Group of The Year
NEW Female Artist of The Year
NEW Male Artist of The Year
NEW Duo of Group of The Year
Album of The Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
Producers: Ian Fitchuk / Daniel Tashian / Kacey Musgraves
Record Label: MCA Nashville
Single of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
Tequila – Dan + Shay
Producers: Scott Hendricks / Dan Smyers
Record Label: Warner Music Nashville
Song of The Year [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
Tequila – Dan + Shay
Writers: Nicolle Galyon / Jordan Reynolds / Dan Smyers
Publishers: Beats and Banjos (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), A Girl Named Charlie (BMI) / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) / Buckeye26 (ASCAP) / Jreynmusic (ASCAP)
Video of The Year [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] (Off Camera Award)
Drunk Girl – Chris Janson
Producer: Ben Skipworth
Director: Jeff Venable
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
Producers: Ross Copperman / Jon Randall Stewart / Arturo Buenahora Jr.
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
Songwriter of The Year*(Off Camera Award)