ACM Awards recognise best in country music

Carla Harmon
April 8, 2017

It's up for Album of the Year, alongside Black by Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line's Dig Your Roots, HERO by Maren Morris and Ripcord by Keith Urban.

Lady Antebellum pulled a somewhat unexpected cross-genre feat, by inviting the UNLV Marching Band on stage with them for "You Look Good".

Walsh and co-hosts Luke Bryan and Bentley performed Johnny B. Goode in tribute to Chuck Berry, who died last month.

David Copperfield and Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O'Dell presented the first award for song of the year, but not before claiming the award went to Emma Stone for "La La Land".

It was a big night for Thomas Rhett, who was named Male Vocalist of the Year and also won the award for Song of the Year for his track Die a Happy Man.

Little Big Town, who won Vocal Group of the Year, had a bit more production for their performance of "Happy People", from their excellent new album The Breaker.

Miranda Lambert's divorce from her fellow country superstar Blake Shelton caused her deep pain but her reflections on her heartache brought her glory on Sunday (April 2) at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Another artist who took the stage was Miranda Lambert.

She continued, "I'm just glad to see females kicking ass these days".

Kacey Musgraves and Ty Bentli presented male vocalist of the year, which went to Thomas Rhett. He once again captured the academy's entertainer of the year trophy, but the guy he received the trophy from is what really knocked him out.

"Thank you for letting me use my heartbreak and sharing it with me", she told the crowd. "This is the most incredible award that I've ever received in my whole existence".

Other performers during the show are Reba McEntire, Rhett, Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi.

-Florida Georgia Line and The Backstreet Boys joined forces for their duet "God, Your Mama and Me", and then, to the audience's delight, blew the roof off the T-Mobile Arena by singing "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)", complete with choreography.

"Man, one of the Eagles just gave me an award", he said, looking to Joe Walsh.

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