The 52nd Annual ACM Awards Are History

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02:  Co-hosts Luke Bryan (L) and Dierks Bentley speak onstage during the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Chris Polk/ACMA2017/Getty Images for ACM)

Country music’s biggest stars were Las Vegas last night for the 52nd Annual ACM Awards, and it sure was another amazing evening. 

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02:  Recording artist Jason Aldean accepts the Entertainer of the Year award onstage during the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Jason Aldean walked away with the most coveted award of the evening, Entertainer of the Year, the second year in a row he’s won the trophy. While Jason won the big award, there were several stars who took home multiple honors, including Miranda Lambert, who nabbed Album of the Year for “The Weight of These Wings,” as well as Female Vocalist of the Year, her record setting eighth straight win in the category. Thomas Rhett also took home two huge honors, Song of the Year for “Die A Happy Man” and Male Vocalist of the Year, much to his own astonishment. 

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02:  Musicians John Osborne (L) and T.J. Osborne of the music group Brothers Osborne perform onstage during the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Get

Others taking home two trophies, were Brothers Osborne, who won both New Vocal Duo of the Year, and Vocal Duo of the Year, as well as Florida Georgia Line, who were the recipient of two awards handed out on Saturday, Vocal Event of the Year for “May We All,” their collaboration with Tim McGraw, and Single Record of the Year for “H.O.L.Y.”

Other big wins went to Little Big Town, who nabbed Vocal Group of the Year, and even the CMAs getting a win at the ACMs, nabbing Video of the Year for their anniversary track “Forever Country.”

  • Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley were back again as hosts this year and certainly looked comfortable on stage and with each other. They kicked things off with pictures from their non-gambling adventures in Las Vegas, including some shirtless pictures from “Thunder From Down Under,” and more, and made a few jokes about Thomas Rhett’s wardrobe. They even had Luke a little too enamored with his own wax figure.

But what the show was really all about were the performances, and man there were a lot of great ones. Among them:

  • The show opened with all five Entertainer of the Year nominees performing their number one songs, including Jason Aldean who sang “Lights Come On,” followed by Luke Bryan, who got the crowd, well, moving, with “Move,” Florida Georgia Line performing “H.O.L.Y,” Carrie Underwood performing “Church Bells,” and Keith Urban wrapping things up with “Wasted Time.”
  • Luke and Dierks were then joined by The Eagles’ Joe Walsh for a tribute to Chuck Berry, with the trio performing “Johnny B. Goode.”
  • Sam Hunt was as smooth as ever performing “Body Like A Back Road,” and even overcame some technical issues that had him pulling out his ear monitors. He also had a chance to get a little canoodling in with his fiancée Hannah Lee Fowler in the middle of the song.
  • Dierks, ironically, changed out of his black T-shirt and leather jacket and into a white T-shirt to perform the title track from his album “Black.” 
  • New Female Vocalist winner Maren Morris strapped on a guitar while still in her glamorous gown to perform “I Could Use A Love Song” 
  • Jason Aldean performed a low key version of his latest single “Any Ol’ Barstool” 
  • Miranda Lambert took the stage with just her guitar (and a lot of fringe) for a simple and beautiful performance of the track “Tin Man,” from The Weight Of These Wings. ” 
  • Rascal Flatts took to the center of the room for their recent single “Yours If You Want It” and were surrounded by lights from the audience. 
  • Keith Urban did a double performance, kicking things off with “Blue Ain’t Your Color” before being joined by Carrie Underwood for a rousing rendition of their duet “The Fighter,” featuring two dancers in the background. (By the way did anybody notice that Keith’s wife Nicole Kidman was clapping normally from the audience, unlike her clapping at the Oscars.)
  • LBT performed in front of a trippy flower-power backdrop for their new track “Happy People,” which got Thomas Rhett on his feet in the audience. 
  • Lady Antebellum brought their horns for an electric rendition of their latest single “You Look Good,” which also included an appearance by the UNLV marching band. 
  • Two-time winners Brothers Osborne turned the T-Mobile Arena into a bar room for a down and dirty performance of “It Ain’t My Fault” 
  • Kelsea Ballerini, in a sparkly pink leotard, put on a cheery performance of her hit “Yeah Boy.”
  • Chris Stapleton debuted a great new song, “Second One To Know,” which certainly must have gotten fans excited for his new album dropping next month. 
  • Brett Eldredge started his performance of “Something I’m Good At” from backstage, where he interacted with fans, performers and VIPs and then walked through the crowd.
  • Luke, in his third performance of the evening, was surrounded by lights and mirrors for a low key performance of his latest single “Fast.” 
  • Country's favorite couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill performed their new ballad “Speak to a Girl” for the first time on TV 
  • Thomas Rhett treated the audience to the world premiere of his just released single “Craving You,” featuring Maren Morris.
  • Old Dominion got up close with the audience for their performance of “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart” 
  • Reba McEntire and Christian artist Lauren Daigle brought some spirituality to the evening performing “Back to God,” which looked like it brought Reba to tears. 
  • New Male Vocalist of the Year winner Jon Pardi performed his number one single “Dirt On My Boots” 
  • onstage during the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • And Florida Georgia Line were joined by Backstreet Boys for their collaboration “God Your Mama And Me,” and then brought the house down for the finale, BSB’s “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” with FGL even getting in on the choreography, much to the surprise of the superstars in the audience. (I mean seriously, did you see the look on Tim McGraw’s face.)



  • Jason Aldean - WINNER
  • Luke Bryan
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Keith Urban


  • Jason Aldean
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Thomas Rhett - WINNER
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban 


  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert - WINNER
  • Maren Morris
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood


  • Big & Rich
  • Brothers Osborne - WINNER
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae  


  • Eli Young Band
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town - WINNER
  • Old Dominion
  • Rascal Flatts 


  • Kane Brown
  • Chris Janson
  • Chris Lane
  • Jon Pardi - WINNER
  • Brett Young  


  • Lauren Alaina
  • Cam
  • Brandy Clark
  • Maren Morris - WINNER


  • A Thousand Horses
  • Brothers Osborne - WINNERS
  • Dan + Shay
  • Maddie & Tae 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR[Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • “Black” – Dierks Bentley
  • “Dig Your Roots”– Florida Georgia Line
  • “HERO” – Maren Morris
  • “Ripcord: – Keith Urban
  • “The Weight of These Wings” – Miranda Lambert - WINNER

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR[Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • “Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban
  • “H.O.L.Y.” – Florida Georgia Line - WINNER
  • “Humble And Kind” – Tim McGraw
  • “My Church” – Maren Morris
  • “Vice” – Miranda Lambert

SONG OF THE YEAR[Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

  • “Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban
  • “Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett - WINNER
  • “Humble And Kind” – Tim McGraw
  • “Kill A Word” – Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens
  • “Tennessee Whiskey” – Chris Stapleton
  • “Vice” – Miranda Lambert 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY XFINITY[Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] 

  • “Fire Away” – Chris Stapleton
  • “Forever Country” – Artists of Then, Now & Forever - WINNER
  • “Humble And Kind” – Tim McGraw
  • “Peter Pan” – Kelsea Ballerini
  • “Vice” – Miranda Lambert 

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR[Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • “Different For Girls” – Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
  • “Forever Country” – Artists of Then, Now & Forever
  • “May We All” – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw - WINNER
  • “Setting The World On Fire” – Kenny Chesney Featuring P!nk
  • “Think Of You” – Chris Young Featuring Cassadee Pope 

Songwriter of the Year

  • Ashley Gorley
  • Luke Laird
  • Hillary Lindsey
  • Shane McAnally
  • Lori McKenna - WINNER

Source: Dr. Dave's Ultimate Prep


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