Saturday, 21 April 2018

53rd Academy of Country Music Awards

Winners Announced for The 53rd Academy Of Country Music Awards™

Jason Aldean Named ACM Entertainer Of The Year for third succesive year
Miranda Lambert Wins Female Vocalist for the Nineth Consecutive Year and Officially Becomes The Most-Awarded Artist In ACM Awards® History

In Brief:
2018 ACM Awards: Complete Winners List

Entertainer of the Year: Jason Aldean
Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Vocal Duo of the Year: Brothers Osborne
Vocal Group of the Year: Old Dominion
New Male Vocalist of the Year: Brett Young (previously announced)
New Female Vocalist of the Year: Lauren Alaina (previously announced)
New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year: Midland (previously announced)
Album of the Year: From a Room Vol. 1 - Chris Stapleton; Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Record Label: Mercury Records;
Single Record of the Year: "Body Like a Back Road" - Sam Hunt; Producer: Zach Crowell; Record Label: MCA Nashville
Song of the Year: "Tin Man" - Miranda Lambert; Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert Jon Randall; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Beat Up Ford Publishing (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI)/SWMBMGBMI/Lonesome Vinyl Music
Video of the Year: "It Ain’t My Fault" - Brothers Osborne; Director: Wes Edwards, Ryan Silver; Producer: Tiffany Davies
Songwriter of the Year: Rhett Akins
Vocal Event Of The Year: "The Fighter" – Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood; Producers: Busbee, Keith Urban; Record Label: Capitol Nashville

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 15, 2018) – Winners were announced for the 53rd Academy Of Country Music Awards™, which aired LIVE on Sunday evening April 15, 2018 on the CBS Television Network from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. 
Reba McEntire as host, and Carrie Underwood's show-stopping performance of "Cry Pretty," helped propel "53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS" telecast on CBS-TV to a prime-time win, attracting more than 12 million viewers while earning a 2.1 rating/7 share among coveted 18-49 TV watchers, according to ZAP2IT.  
The figure for total viewers was an increase from the 2017 ACMs, which pulled in 10.91 million. The 18-49 2.1 share matched last year's ACM Awards show result for that demo. This year's ACMs bested the highly anticipated James Comey interview on ABC-TV, which drew 9.78 million viewers, earning a 1.7 rating.

Spike TV: The 53rd ACM Awards had a noticeable effect on country music sales, according to Nielsen Music. ACM-nominated songs saw 431% surge in sales, with a spike of more than 45,000 overall units on Sunday (4/15). Leading the pack was Kane Brown's "What Ifs" ft. Lauren Alaina, which saw a sales increase of 813% (12,800 units). Other tracks enjoying increases included Carrie Underwood's "Cry Pretty" (+124%), Chris Stapleton's "Broken Halos" (+328%), Miranda Lambert's "Tin Man" (+1,941%) and Keith Urban's "The Fighter" ft. Underwood (+696%).

Hosted by multimedia superstar, Reba McEntire, the ACM Awards named Jason Aldean as Entertainer of the Year, the evening’s biggest honor.
This is the third consecutive win for Aldean in this category and his 13th overall ACM Award win.
Aldean's previous wins include: Forever Country Video of the Year - Artist (2016), Triple Crown (2015), Male Vocalist of the Year (2014/2013/2012), Crystal Milestone Award (2012), "The Only Way I Know" (2012; Vocal Event of the Year - Artist),
"Don't You Wanna Stay" (2011; Single Record of the Year - Artist) "Don't You Wanna Stay" (2011; Vocal Event of the Year - Artist) & Top New Male Vocalist (2005)

Miranda Lambert won ACM Female Vocalist of the Year for the ninth consecutive year and is the current record holder for most consecutive wins in this category. Lambert also won ACM Song of the Year for “Tin Man” along with co-writers Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, receiving two awards, both as artist and songwriter. With these wins, she now has 32 ACM Awards, and is the most-awarded artist in ACM Awards history, a record previously held by Brooks & Dunn.
Miranda won Song of the Year for "Tin Man," a plaintive acoustic heartbreak ballad that served as the third single from her award-winning and critically acclaimed album THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS. It's her 30th ACM awards win (32 trophies)."Thank you guys so much for sharing my broken heart with me," she said before turning the microphone over to her co-writers, Jon Randall and Jack Ingram.
"I'm honored to be up here with two of my favorite people in the whole world," Randall said.

Miranda Lambert is convinced country music is on the verge of a girl power revolution, despite the fact that all the Entertainer of the Year nominees at the ACM Awards on Sunday (15Apr18) were men.
The Mama's Broken Heart singer now she believes women could take over the country awards shows for the remainder of the year and beyond. Like many country fans, Miranda admited she was surprised when she learned there would be no woman fighting for the ACMs' top prize, which was won by Jason Aldean, stating, "Carrie’s (Underwood) kicking a**, and I’m trying to kick a** as much as I can on the road, so I don’t understand what’s going on with that, but I know that there’s gonna be a change.
"I know that if we just keep ploughing ahead it will get recognised and have its moment for sure."

Chris Stapleton won ACM Male Vocalist of the Year, his second win in this category. Stapleton also won an additional two awards as both artist and producer in the ACM Album of the Year category for From A Room: Volume 1. He now has 9 trophies as both an artist and producer
Chris Stapleton, Wife Morgane Welcome Twin Boys
Congratulations to MERCURY NASHVILLE's Chris Stapleton and his wife Morgane, who welcomed twin boys (April 15). The twins arrived on Stapleton's 40th birthday, on the same night as he earned three ACM AWARDS!
The "STAPLETWINS" mark babies number three and four for the couple, who were understandably unable to attend last night's awards ceremony.

Sam Hunt was miles away when his named was called as the ACM Single Record of the Year winner on Sunday night in Las Vegas. It was the "Body Like a Back Road" singer's first ACM Award win, and when Dustin Lynch and Nancy O'Dell announced the honor, they both looked confused and flustered as nobody approached the stage. However Sam had a good reason for his absence posting on Instagram: Thank you Academy Of Country Music for the award for Single of the Year. I was celebrating the marriage of my long time friend and tour manager John Worthington. This made the weekend extra special. See y’all next year! - Instagram

Brothers Osborne won ACM Vocal Duo of the Year for the second consecutive year. The duo also won ACM Video of the Year for “It Ain’t My Fault,” along with directors Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver and producer Tiffany Davies. ACM CEO Pete Fisher surprised the duo with these awards, presenting them during CMT’s Facebook Live coverage of the ACM Awards red carpet. This is their 4th ACM win.
Lauren Alaina, Midland and Brett Young were also previously announced winners for ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year, ACM New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year and ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year, respectively.
The winners received a surprise phone call from host Reba McEntire last month notifying them of the news and were also surprised with the actual ACM Award in the days leading up to the show. Jon Pardi presented Alaina with her ACM Award during rehearsals, Midland received their ACM Award at the ACM Stories, Songs & Stars: A Songwriter’s Event Benefitting ACM Lifting Lives® and Luke Bryan presented Young with his trophy at the Cumulus/Westwood One Radio Remotes.
“I have never felt so loved in all my life. My peers voted for this. The people in the trenches – the labels, the publishers, the songwriters, the artists vote for these awards. I’ve been out for a long time and three years ago I wasn’t eligible to walk the carpet. [Now] I got to walk the carpet with pride and hug everyone along the way.” – New Female Lauren Alaina.
Old Dominion won ACM Vocal Group of the Year Award, their first award in this category and their second ACM win. They previously won ACM New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year at the 51st ACM Awards in 2016.

Rhett Akins was announced as the winner of this year’s ACM Songwriter of the Year Award (off-camera category) on Friday (April 13) at the ACM Stories, Songs & Stars: A Songwriter’s Event Benefitting ACM Lifting Lives, which was presented to him by reigning ACM Songwriter of the Year award winner Lori McKenna. This marked Rhett's first ACM Award after 4 nominations: 2017/2013/2011 Songwriter of the Year & 1997 Top New Male Vocalist


The 53rd annual ACM Awards began with a tribute to the Las Vegas shooting.
Jason Aldean began the tribute by noting that it's the first time that many country stars have been back in Nevada since the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1, 2017 Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett were also part of the tribute.
"Music does so much more than provide an escape from the pain. It inspires us, it soothes us and it makes us stronger, Morris said.

Country Music’s Party of the Year featured a superstar lineup of featured collaborations and powerful performances. The awards telecast honored three of country music’s hit songs from 1993 with the “ACM Flashbacks” segments, with Toby Keith and Blake Shelton performing Keith’s celebrated No.1 debut single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” Alan Jackson and Jon Pardi performing Jackson’s ACM Award-winning hit “Chattahoochee” and Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson performing Reba’s GRAMMY® Award-winning hit “Does He Love You” (her 1993 Linda Davis duet).
Additional collaborations included Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina performing the multi-platinum, No.1 hit “What Ifs,” Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line performing the chart-topping hit “Meant to Be” and ACM Vocal Event of the Year winner Keith Urban and Julia Michaels performing Urban’s new single “Coming Home.”

The ACM Awards also featured performances by ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year Lauren Alaina ("Doing Fine"), ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean ("You Make It Easy"), Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line ("Meant to Be"), Kelsea Ballerini ("I Hate Love Songs"), Dan + Shay ("Tequila"), Dierks Bentley ('Woman, Amen'), Luke Bryan ("Most People Are Good"), Kenny Chesney ("Get Along”), Chris Janson ("Redneck Life”), Lady Antebellum ("Heartbreak"), ACM Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert ("Keeper of the Flame" >> Watch), Little Big Town (cover of Elton John’s "Rocket Man"- from the new Restoration project), ACM New Duo or Group of the Year Midland ("Drinkin’ Problem"), Maren Morris ("Rich"), Thomas Rhett ("Marry Me"), Darius Rucker ("For the First Time"), Blake Shelton ("I Lived It"), ACM Vocal Event of the Year winner Carrie Underwood ("Cry Pretty"), ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year Brett Young ("“In Case You Didn’t Know”) and Chris Young ("Losing Sleep”).

2018 ACM Awards: All the Performances Ranked (Billboard): #25 Chris Young | Top 5: #5 Maren Morris, #4 Kane Brown & Lauren Alaina, #3 Kelsea Ballerini, #2 Reba McEntire & Kelly Clarkson, #1 Carrie Underwood

2018 ACM Awards Full coverage -

Taste Of Country - Wow, just wow! Carrie Underwood's ACM performance of "Cry Pretty" was the night's most anticipated performance, and the hype paid off.
"Cry Pretty" is Underwood's new song, the first from an upcoming album. The performance was her first televised appearance since an injury left her with a broken wrist and dozens of stitches in her head and face. Since the November incident she's kept a low profile, but let the mystery remain newsworthy with several photos at her Instagram page. The 35-year-old's April 15 performance was the first time a camera spotted her. She didn't walk the red carpet and was not captured in the audience during the show. At the start, Underwood looked anxious — unsure, even. She's an awards show veteran and two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year, but she wasn't exuding confidence. An audience of her peers seemed to understand it, as well. Keith Urban stood with wife Nicole Kidman before the performance really started to get hot. Lauren Alaina and Maren Morris were two more who watched closely.
53rd Academy Of Country Music Awards Nominees & Winners
14 categories voted on by the membership:

Entertainer: Jason Aldean * WINNER *, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban.
Male Vocalist: Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton * WINNER *, Keith Urban, Chris Young.
Female Vocalist: Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert * WINNER *, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood. (presenter Lindsey Vonn)
Vocal Duo: Brothers Osborne * WINNER *, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, LoCash, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill.
Vocal Group: Lady Antebellum, Lanco, Little Big Town, Midland, Old Dominion * WINNER *.
New Male: Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Devin Dawson, Russell Dickerson, Brett Young * WINNER *.
New Female: Lauren Alaina * WINNER *, Danielle Bradbery, Carly Pearce, RaeLynn.
New Vocal Duo/Group: High Valley, Lanco, LoCash, Midland * WINNER *, Runaway June.

Album Of The Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)] presented by Sugarland
THE BREAKER - Little Big Town/ Producer: Jay Joyce/ Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
CALIFORNIA SUNRISE - Jon Pardi/ Producers: Bart Butler, Jon Pardi/ Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
FROM A ROOM: VOLUME 1 - Chris Stapleton/ Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton/ Record Label: Mercury Records * WINNER *
HAPPY ENDINGS - Old Dominion/ Producer: Shane McAnally/ Record Label: RCA
LIFE CHANGES - Thomas Rhett/ Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett/ Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

Single Record Of The Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

Better Man - Little Big Town/ Producer: Jay Joyce/ Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt/ Producer: Zach Crowell/ Record Label: MCA Nashville * WINNER *,
Broken Halos - Chris Stapleton/ Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton/ Record Label: Mercury Records
Drinkin’ Problem – Midland/ Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne/ Record Label: Big Machine Records
I’ll Name The Dogs - Blake Shelton/ Producer: Scott Hendricks/ Record Label: Warner Bros.

Song Of The Year [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)] presented by Cam and Drew Brees
Body Like a Back Road - Sam Hunt/ Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne/ Publishers: Anderson Fork In The Road Music (ASCAP), Atlas Music Publishing, Highly Combustible Music (ASCAP), I Love Pizza Music (ASCAP), Kobalt Music Group Ltd. (GMR), Kobalt Songs Music Publishing (ASCAP), Sam Hunt Publishing (ASCAP), Smack Hits (GMR), Smack Songs LLC (ASCAP), Smackville Music (ASCAP), Songs of Southside Independent Music Publishing (ASCAP), Universal Music Corp. (ASCAP), Who Wants To Buy My Publishing (ASCAP)

Female - Keith Urban/ Songwriters: Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon and Shane McAnally
Publishers: A Girl Named Charlie (BMI), EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI), Plain Jane Songs (BMI), Rezolant Music (BMI), Smack Hits (GMR), Smack Songs LLC (GMR), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

Tin Man - Miranda Lambert/ Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert Jon Randall/ Publishers: Beat Up Ford Publishing (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI), Lonesome Vinyl Music (BMI), Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), SWMBMGBMI (BMI) * WINNER *

Whiskey And You - Chris Stapleton/ Songwriters: Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton/ Publishers: New Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Spirit of Nashville One (BMI), Spirit Two Nashville (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), WM Music Corp. (ASCAP)

Video Of The Year [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]
Black - Dierks Bentley/ Director: Wes Edwards/ Producer: Max A. Butler
It Ain’t My Fault - Brothers Osborne/ Director: Wes Edwards, Ryan Silver/ Producer: Tiffany Davies * WINNER *
Legends - Kelsea Ballerini/ Director: Jeff Venable/ Producer: Ben Skipworth
Marry Me - Thomas Rhett/ Director: TK McKamy/ Producer: Dan Atchison
We Should Be Friends - Miranda Lambert/ Director: Trey Fanjoy/ Producer: April Dace

Songwriter: Rhett Akins * WINNER *, Ashley Gorley, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne.

Vocal Event Of The Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)] presenters Ashton Kutcher and Sam Elliott

Craving You – Thomas Rhett Featuring Maren Morris/ Producers: Julian Bunetta, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett/ Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

Dear Hate – Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill/ Producers: Brad Hill, Maren Morris/ Record Label: Columbia Nashville

Funny (How Time Slips Away) - Glen Campbell And Willie Nelson/ Producer: Carl Jackson/ Record Label: Universal Music Enterprises

The Fighter – Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood/ Producers: Busbee, Keith Urban/ Record Label: Capitol Nashville * WINNER *

What Ifs – Kane Brown Featuring Lauren Alaina/ Producer: Dann Huff/ Record Label: RCA Nashville

These were presented during the annual Radio Winners Reception, which were held at Topgolf Las Vegas at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on Saturday, April 14.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and broadcasted LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM live ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

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