The 56th annual Academy of Country Music Awards were held Sunday night, and Luke Bryan, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett were among the big winners this year. Hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, the show was telecast from the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium, The Bluebird Cafe — three of Nashville’s historic music venues.
Bryan was named Entertainer of the Year, beating out Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Luke Combs and Rhett for the night’s highest honor. Bryan accepted the award via video from Los Angeles where he’s been recuperating since testing positive for COVID-19, which forced him to pull out of performing during the event.
Other award winners included Carly Pearce and Lee Brice who won Single of the Year and Music Event of the Year for their song “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” which they also performed during the show. Group of the Year went to Old Dominion, and Kane Brown won Video of the Year for “Worldwide Beautiful.” Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen won New Female Artist of the Year and New Male Artist of the year.
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