Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne and Midland were among the notable winners at the 53rd ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards last night, 15 April, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Miranda Lambert won a ninth consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year to become the most-awarded artist (32 trophies) in the history of the event, which marked the performing return of Carrie Underwood and saw wins for Brett Young, Old Dominion, Lauren Alaina and others.
Jason Aldean was named Entertainer of the Year for the third consecutive time, ahead of fellow nominees Stapleton, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban, and gave an emotional speech in which he said: “To my Route 91 people, you guys are in my hearts always, love you guys.” Aldean was on stage during the deadly Route 91 Harvest festival shooting in Las Vegas last October.
Stapleton won Male Vocalist of the Year and his From A Room: Volume 1 was named Album of the Year; Lambert also won Song of the Year for ‘Tin Man,’ from her album The Weight Of These Wings and co-written with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall. Brothers Osborne were crowned Vocal Duo of the Year for the second time in a row, also winning the music video category for ‘It Ain’t My Fault.’
Akins was named Songwriter of the Year, Sam Hunt’s massive hit ‘Body Like A Back Road’ won the Single Record category and Old Dominion the Vocal Group award. Young and Alaina won the New Male and Female Vocalists respectively and Midland were named New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year.
Underwood, who earlier had posted her first close-up photograph since she suffered a serious fall last November, won a standing ovation for her performance of ‘Cry Pretty,’ unveiled as her new single last week. ‘The Fighter,’ her duet with Urban, also won the ACM Award for Vocal Event of the Year. Urban performed his duet with pop star Julia Michaels of their ‘Coming Home’ collaboration, to be included on his Graffiti U album, due 27 April.
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