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The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards took place last night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada where the biggest names in country music came together to party Nash Vegas style!
Things kicked off in the afternoon as the ACM Awards Red Carpet opened to welcome country star after country star! Seeing country legends such as Brooks & Dunn alongside country newcomers, such as Carly Pearce and Michael Ray was incredible - and MAN did these stars dress to impress! The event was hosted for the 16th time by one of the Queens of Country Music, Reba McEntire, and while she stayed away from the usual tongue in cheek political jabs in her monologues, she added a vibrance and comedic relief that kept viewers completely zoned in. Not to mention, the nonstop musical performances, and award presentations - it was three hours of jam-packed country entertainment! Dan + Shay and Kacey Musgraves were the two frontrunners of the night - Dan + Shay picking up three awards, and Kacey Musgraves taking home two awards. See below, for a full awards & performance recap!
THE 2019 ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD WINNERS
Entertainer of the Year - Keith Urban
Male Artist of the Year - Thomas Rhett
Female Artist of the Year - Kacey Musgraves
Duo of the Year - Dan + Shay
Group of the Year - Old Dominion
New Female Artist of the Year - Ashley McBryde
New Male Artist of the Year - Luke Combs
New Duo or Group of the Year - LANCO
Album of the Year - Kacey Musgraves 'Golden Hour'
Single of the Year - Dan + Shay "Tequila"
Song of the Year - Dan + Shay "Tequila"
Video of the Year - Chris Janson "Drunk Girl"
Music Event of the Year - Dierks Bentley with Brothers Osborne "Burning Man"
Songwriter of the Year - Shane McAnally
Artist of the Decade - Jason Aldean
THE 2019 ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS - PERFORMANCES (In no particular order):
George Strait, "Every Little Honky Tonk Bar"
Miranda Lambert, "Kerosene"/"Gunpowder & Lead"/"Mama's Broken Heart"/"White Liar"/"Little Red Wagon" Medley
Dan + Shay with Kelly Clarkson, "Keeping Score"
George Strait and Miranda Lambert, "Run"
Reba McEntire, "Freedom"
Old Dominion, "Make It Sweet"
Thomas Rhett, "Look What God Gave Her"
Kane Brown, "Good As You"/"Saturday Nights" (with Khalid)
Little Big Town, "The Daughters"
Chris Stapleton, "A Simple Song"
Carrie Underwood, "Southbound"
Dierks Bentley and Brandi Carlile, "Travelin' Light"
Ashley McBryde, "Girl Going Nowhere"
Eric Church and Ashley McBryde, "The Snake"
Keith Urban, "Burden"
Luke Combs, "Beautiful Crazy"
Chrissy Metz, featuring Lauren Alaina, Mickey Guyton, Maddie & Tae, and Carrie Underwood, "I'm Standing With You"
Blake Shelton, "God's Country"
Jason Aldean, "Lights Come On"/"Don't You Wanna Stay" (with Kelly Clarkson)/ "Dirt Road Anthem" Medley
George Strait, "God and Country Music"
Brooks & Dunn and Luke Combs, "Brand New Man"
Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne, "All My Favorite People"
Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, "Can't Hide Red"
Luke Bryan, "Knockin' Boots"