BREAKING: 2020 ACM Awards Winners

The 55th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Keith Urban and airing on CBS, marked the first time the awards show aired from Nashville, featuring performances from three iconic venues—the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe.

Early winners announced before the ceremony include Tenille Townes as New Female Artist of the Year, and Riley Green as New Male Artist of the Year. Miranda Lambert and several tourmates from her 2019 Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars tour—Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack and Elle King—won Music Event of the Year for their rendition of “Fooled Around and Fell In Love.”

Thomas Rhett won Video of the Year for “Remember You Young,” produced by Dan Atchison and TK McKamy, while Hillary Lindsey was named Songwriter of the Year.

Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett tied for the night’s top honor, Entertainer of the Year, while Luke Combs earned two honors, Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year (for What You See Is What You Get).

Dan+Shay took home the evening’s first honor, Duo of the Year, while Maren Morris was named Female Artist of the Year. Old Dominion was also a double winner, picking up Song of the Year for “One Man Band,” as well as the Group of the Year honor. Blake Shelton‘s “God’s Country” was named Single of the Year.

Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett—WINNER (tie)
Carrie Underwood—WINNER (tie)

Female Artist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris—WINNER
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Male Artist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs—WINNER
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

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

Group of the Year
Lady A
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion—WINNER
The Highwomen

New Female Artist of the Year
Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Lindsay Ell
Caylee Hammack
Tenille Townes—WINNER

New Male Artist of the Year
Jordan Davis
Russell Dickerson
Riley Green—WINNER
Cody Johnson
Morgan Wallen

Album of the Year
Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett
GIRL – Maren Morris
Heartache Medication – Jon Pardi
What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs—WINNER
Wildcard – Miranda Lambert

Single of the Year
“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton—WINNER
“One Man Band” – Old Dominion
“Rainbow” – Kacey Musgraves
“Rumor” – Lee Brice
“What If I Never Get Over You” – Lady A

Song of the Year
“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” – Ashley McBryde
“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton
“One Man Band” – Old Dominion—WINNER
“Some of It” – Eric Church

Video of the Year
“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber
“God’s Country – Blake Shelton
“One Man Band” – Old Dominion
“Remember You Young” – Thomas Rhett—WINNER
“Sugarcoat” – Little Big Town

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

Music Event of the Year
“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber
“Dive Bar” – Garth Brooks feat. Blake Shelton
“Fooled Around and Fell in Love” – Miranda Lambert feat. Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack, and Elle King—WINNER
“Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
“What Happens in a Small Town” – Brantley Gilbert feat. Lindsay Ell

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