It was a huge night in Country Music as the country music family gathered in Las Vegas for the 54th Annual ACM Awards hosted by Reba McEntire. There was even a few Canadians who attended the awards show like Meghan Patrick, High Valley(who were up for New Duo of The Year), Lindsay Ell to name a few.
Dan and Shay were the big winners at 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, which aired live from Las Vegas Sunday night, winning the first three trophies of the night -- Single, Song (both for "Tequila") and Duo of the Year.
Kacey Musgraves didn't get a performance slot, but she did win two of the biggest categories of the night -- Female Vocalist and Album of the Year.
Keith Urban took the coveted Entertainer of the Year honors.
George Strait presented the Artist of the Decade trophy to Jason Aldean. As he received the award, Jason looked at George and said, "That's the reason I wear the cowboy hat right there." He also thanked his family and his fellow artists, then said, "Thanks to the fans and country radio. You have changed my life forever."
Reba McEntire hosted the show, which mixed performances and unexpected collaborations with some awards peppered in.
Reba didn't waste any time pointing out the struggle of women in the format. In her opening monologue, she said, "This is my 15th time hosting the show. People always ask me, 'Do you ever get tired of doing it?' And I say, 'Tired of celebrating great artists in music? Tired of being in charge of the biggest night in country music?' My name is Reba McEntire and I haven't been tired in 53 years. I'm a woman in the music business. We don't have time to be tired."
She also reminded the audience that it had recently snowed in Las Vegas and added, "It froze us women out of Entertainer of the Year."
Artist of the Decade: Jason Aldean
Entertainer of the Year: Keith Urban
Female Artist of the Year: Kacey Musgraves
Male Artist of the Year: Thomas Rhett
Group of the Year: Old Dominion
Duo of the Year: Dan + Shay
Song of the Year: “Tequila” – Dan and Shay (Written by Nicole Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers)
Single of the Year Duo of the Year: “Tequila” - Dan + Shay
Album of the Year: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
Video of the Year: “Drunk Girl” – Chris Janson
Music Event of the Year: “Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne
New Female Artist of the Year: Ashley McBryde
New Male Artist of the Year: Luke Combs
New Duo or Group of the Year: Lanco
Songwriter of the Year: Shane McAnally
Florida Georgia Line with Jason Aldean – “You Can’t Hide Red”
Thomas Rhett – “Look What God Gave Her”
Miranda Lambert – Medley: “Kerosene,” “Gunpowder & Lead,” “Mama’s Broken Heart," “White Liar,” “Little Red Wagon”
Luke Bryan – “Knockin’ Boots”
Chris Stapleton with Morgane Stapleton – “A Simple Song”
Ashley McBryde – "Girl Goin' Nowhere"
Maren Morris with Brothers Osborne – “All My Favorite People”
George Strait – “God and Country Music”
Luke Combs – “Beautiful Crazy”
Dan + Shay with Kelly Clarkson – “Keeping Score”
Little Big Town – “The Daughters”
Blake Shelton – “God’s Country”
Old Dominion – “Make It Sweet”
Brooks & Dunn with Luke Combs – “Brand New Man”
Keith Urban – “Burden”
Eric Church with Ashley McBryde – “The Snake”
Lanco – “Rival”
Carrie Underwood – “Southbound”
Kane Brown – “Good As You”
Kane Brown with Khalid – “Saturday Nights”
Reba – “Freedom”
Jason Aldean – Medley: “Lights Come On,” “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson, “Dirt Road Anthem”
Chrissy Metz, Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina, Maddie & Tae, Mickey Guyton – “I’m Standing With You”
George Strait with Miranda Lambert – “Run”
Dierks Bentley with Brandi Carlile – “Travelin’ Light”
George Strait – “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar”