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The 53rd annual ACM Awards


The 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards have taken place at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas


Chris Stapleton led all artists with eight nominations and had a big night, taking home male vocalist of the year and album of the year, while Jason Aldean took the night's top honor of Entertainer of the Year.



Some of the highlights included...


Jason Aldean was named Entertainer of The Year as he returned to Vegas for first time since October 1 mass shooting at Route 91 Harvest


Chris Stapleton won Album Of The Year for From A Room: Vol. 1 and also Male Vocalist Of The Year


Miranda Lambert won Song Of The Year for Tin Man and also Female Vocalist Of The Year

Carrie Underwood topped the bill with her first scheduled performance since suffering a facial injury requiring 50 stitches.


She and Keith Urban won Vocal Event Of The Year for The Fighter


Here's the list of winners...

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Jason Aldean -- WINNER

Garth Brooks

Luke Bryan

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert -- WINNER

Reba McEntire

Maren Morris

Carrie Underwood

 

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Jason Aldean

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton -- WINNER

Keith Urban

Chris Young


VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

Brothers Osborne -- WINNER

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

LOCASH

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

 

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

Lady Antebellum

LANCO

Little Big Town

Midland

Old Dominion -- WINNER

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Lauren Alaina -- WINNER

Danielle Bradbery

Carly Pearce

Raelynn

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Kane Brown

Luke Combs

Devin Dawson

Russell Dickerson

Brett Young -- WINNER


NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

High Valley

LANCO

LOCASH

Midland -- WINNER

Runaway June


ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Breaker - Little Big Town

California Sunrise - Jon Pardi

From a Room Vol. 1 - Chris Stapleton -- WINNER

Happy Endings - Old Dominion

Life Changes - Thomas Rhett

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR

"Better Man" - Little Big Town

"Body Like a Back Road" - Sam Hunt -- WINNER

"Broken Halos" - Chris Stapleton

"Drinkin’ Problem" – Midland

"I’ll Name the Dogs" - Blake Shelton


SONG OF THE YEAR

"Body Like a Back Road" - Sam Hunt

"Female" - Keith Urban

"Tin Man" - Miranda Lambert -- WINNER

"Whiskey and You" - Chris Stapleton

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

"Black" - Dierks Bentley

"It Ain’t My Fault" - Brothers Osborne - WINNER

"Legends" - Kelsea Ballerini

"Marry Me" - Thomas Rhett

"We Should Be Friends" - Miranda Lambert


SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Rhett Akins -- WINNER

Ashley Gorley

Hillary Lindsey

Shane McAnally

Josh Osborne



VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR

"Craving You" – Thomas Rhett Featuring Maren Morris

"Dear Hate" – Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill

"Funny (How Time Slips Away)" - Glen Campbell And Willie Nelson

"The Fighter" – Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood -- WINNER


Carrie Underwood
, in her first television appearance since injuring her face and wrist last year due to a fall at her home, performed her new song, "Cry Pretty," earning a standing ovation from the Las Vegas audience. Underwood injured


Following the performance, she immediately won vocal event of the year for "The Fighter," with Keith Urban.


"Thank you for having me," Underwood said to Urban onstage. "I am still kind of shaking right now," she added, appearing teary-eyed.