Jason Aldean only won one award at the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards, but it was the big one: Entertainer of the Year for the second year in a row. These two victories in the top category are actually the only two awards he has won in the last two years. This was his sixth consecutive nomination in that race. Check out the complete list of ACM winners.
But Thomas Rhett was the most awarded artist of the night with three. First he claimed Song of the Year as both artist and songwriter for “Die a Happy Man.” We had predicted the Grammy and American Music Award winning “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw and written by Lori McKenna. But perhaps we shouldn’t have been surprised: “Die a Happy Man” already won Single Record of the Year at last year’s ACMs. However, Rhett’s second victory was a shocker by any standard: he won Male Vocalist of the Year for the first time on his very first try, defeating defending champ Chris Stapleton, the year’s most nominated artist Keith Urban and Entertainer of the Year winner Aldean.
Florida Georgia Line also pulled off a pair of upset victories: Single Record of the Year (“H.O.L.Y.”) and Vocal Event of the Year (“May We All” with Tim McGraw). But turnabout is fair play as they lost the one prize we thought they were shoo-ins for: Vocal Duo of the Year, which they had won for the last three years in a row. That award went to Brothers Osborne, who were also named New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year.
Miranda Lambert kept two remarkable winning streaks alive. She won Album of the Year for “The Weight of These Wings,” so she has still never lost that category at the ACMs. This is her fifth consecutive album to take the award, following “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (2008), “Revolution” (2010), “Four the Record” (2012) and “Platinum” (2015). And she also picked up Female Vocalist of the Year for the eighth year in a row. This not only extends Lambert’s record for the most consecutive Female Vocalist victories, it also breaks her tie with seven-time winner Reba McEntire as the most awarded artist in this category — period.
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