2021 ACM Awards winners list in all categories at Academy of Country Music kudos

The 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards were presented on Sunday night, April 18, during a live ceremony broadcast from three different locations in Nashville, Tennessee: the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Café. But who took home trophies? Scroll down for our complete list of the 56th Annual ACM winners, updated live throughout the night.

Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton entered these awards with a leading six nominations apiece. Morris was up for Female Artist of the Year, Group of the Year (as a member of The Highwomen), Single of the Year (“The Bones”), Song of the Year (“The Bones” as both artist and songwriter), and Video of the Year (“Better Than We Found It”). She’s a three-time previous ACM winner, including Female Artist in 2020.

Meanwhile, Stapleton contended for Entertainer of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (“Starting Over” as both artist and producer), and Song of the Year (“Starting Over” as both artist and songwriter). He had previously won Male Artist twice before, but he had yet to win Entertainer. This year he was up against an all-male field of competitors: Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, and Thomas Rhett.

Four categories were announced in advance of Sunday night’s ceremony. Jimmie Allen made history as the first Black winner for New Male Artist of the Year. Gabby Barrett claimed New Female Artist of the Year. Kane Brown took Video of the Year for “Worldwide Beautiful.” And Carly Pearce and Lee Brice‘s collaboration “I Hope You’re Happy Now” prevailed as Music Event of the Year. Who joined them in the winner’s circle when the rest of the categories were announced during the event hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton. Find out below.

Entertainer of the Year
X — Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Female Artist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
X — Maren Morris
Carly Pearce

Male Artist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Luke Combs
X — Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Duo of the Year
Brooks and Dunn
Brothers Osborne
X — Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

Group of the Year
Lady A
Little Big Town
X — Old Dominion
The Cadillac Three
The Highwomen

New Female Artist of the Year
Ingrid Andress
Tenille Arts
X — Gabby Barrett
Mickey Guyton
Caylee Hammack

New Male Artist of the Year
X — Jimmie Allen
Travis Denning
Cody Johnson
Parker McCollum

Album of the Year
“Born Here Live Here Die Here,” Luke Bryan
“Mixtape Vol. 1,” Kane Brown
“Never Will,” Ashley McBryde
“Skeletons,” Brothers Osborne
X — “Starting Over,” Chris Stapleton

Single of the Year
“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert
“I Hope,” Gabby Barrett
X — “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
“More Hearts Than Mine,” Ingrid Andress
“The Bones,” Maren Morris

Song of the Year
“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert (written by Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby)
“One Night Standards,” Ashley McBryde (written by Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally)
“Some People Do,” Old Dominion (written by Jesse Frasure, Matt Ramsey, Thomas Rhett, Shane McAnally)
“Starting Over,” Chris Stapleton (written by Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson)
X — “The Bones,” Maren Morris (written by Jimmy Robbins, Maren Morris, Laura Veltz)

Video of the Year
“Better Than We Found It,” Maren Morris
“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert
“Gone,” Dierks Bentley
“Hallelujah,” Carrie Underwood and John Legend
X — “Worldwide Beautiful,” Kane Brown

Songwriter of the Year
Ashley Gorley
Michael Hardy
Hillary Lindsey
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne

Music Event of the Year
“Be a Light,” Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
“Does to Me,” Luke Combs featuring Eric Church
X — “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
“Nobody But You,” Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani
“One Beer,” Hardy featuring Lauren Alaina & Devin Dawson
“One Too Many,” Keith Urban, Pink

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