LAUREN JO BLACK • Sounds Like Nashville
The winners for the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards have been revealed.
Chris Stapleton absolutely dominated tonight’s show. Taking home a total of six wins – Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year as both Artist and Producer, Song of the Year as both Artist and Producer, and New Male Vocalist of the Year – Stapleton was the night’s top winner.
Jason Aldean brought home the evening’s top honor, with his first win as Entertainer of the Year, while Miranda Lambert set a new record with her seventh consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year win.
The complete list of ACM Awards winners is below.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR *(Off Camera Award)
Florida Georgia Line
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Little Big Town
NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR *(Off Camera Award)
NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR *(Off Camera Award)
NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR *(Off Camera Award)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
Traveller – Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Record Label: Mercury Records
SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
“Die A Happy Man”– Thomas Rhett
Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure
Record Label: The Valory Music Co.
SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
“Nobody To Blame” – Chris Stapleton
Songwriters: Chris Stapleton, Barry Bales, Ronnie Bowman
Publishers: House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), WB Music Corp (ASCAP), Quackhead Music (BMI), RayLynn Publishing (BMI)
VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award)
“Mr. Misunderstood” – Eric Church
Directors: Reid Long, John Peets
Producer: Megan Smith
VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]*(Off Camera Award)
“Smokin’ And Drinkin’” – Miranda Lambert Featuring Little Big Town
Producers: Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, Glenn Worf
Record Label: RCA Nashville
Dolly Parton Honored with Tex Ritter Award
ANNIE REUTER • APRIL 3, 2016 - 9:48 PM
Dolly Parton was in attendance at the 51st ACM Awards tonight (April 3), to accept the Tex Ritter Award. After an introduction by Katy Perry, who cited Parton’s influence and impact on the music community as well as discussed her 2015 television film Coat of Many Colors, Parton accepted the award.
“This is such a great honor,” she told the Las Vegas audience.
She then mentioned that the recognition is even more special being that she personally knew Ritter.
“I want to thank the Academy of Country Music for this one,” she said. “I hope you like my coat. I had to do something to overcome all those long legged women walking around here. The song ‘Coat of Many Colors’ represents a special time in my life and touches my heart.”
She then raved about Jennifer Nettles’ performance of her mother in the film.
“How ’bout that Jennifer Nettles! Wow. We knew she could sing but who knew she could act like that? We had a wonderful cast,” she added before thanking the director, producer and writers.
“Thank you so much for this. This means the world to me,” she concluded.
Chris Stapleton Wins Male Vocalist of the Year at 2016 ACM Awards
ANNIE REUTER • APRIL 3, 2016 - 9:35 PM
“There’s so many people to thank,” he said after he walked up to the podium.
He then rattled off a list of names of producers and writers that brought him to Nashville including Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois as well as his publisher Warner Chapel.
“My wife, I gotta thank my wife all the time. She makes me sound better and look better,” he added, before also calling out Jason Aldean who previously took him out on the road.
“Thank you everybody and thank you for being so kind to me. I really, truly appreciate it,” he concluded.
This marks Stapleton’s fourth ACM Award of 2016. He previously was named New Male Vocalist of the Year and received an award for Song of the Year earlier tonight for “Nobody To Blame” as well as won Album of the Year for Traveller.
Miranda Lambert Wins Female Vocalist of the Year at the ACM Awards
ANNIE REUTER • APRIL 3, 2016 - 9:25 PM
Miranda Lambert, Photo by Getty Images
Miranda Lambert is the reigning Female Vocalist of the Year at the ACM Awards for the seventh consecutive year.
While no doubt excited for her win, she took time to thank the women in the country music community.
“Thank you so much! This is awesome. I love y’all,” she said with a big smile. “Carrie, you just killed it. I got to sing with Carrie on Friday and she’s an inspiration to me.”
She added that she loves seeing a group of women perform the songs they wrote on an awards show.
“I’m really excited for women in country music,” she said. “Thank you all the fans, I love y’all so much.”
In addition to Female Vocalist of the Year, Lambert also won Vocal Event of the Year with Little Big Town for their collaboration “Smokin’ and Drinkin.'” Lambert is also nominated for the coveted top prize, Entertainer of the Year at tonight’s ACM Awards.
Jason Aldean Crowned Entertainer of the Year at ACM Awards
“I was just starting to think this one wasn’t in the cards for me,” he confessed.
After thanking his label, producer, wife and kids, he also showed gratitude for country radio and country fans who he called “the best fans in the world.”
“I may be rough around the edges a little bit but I love this business,” he said. “This is one of the best nights in my professional career. Thank you very much. I love you.”
And with that, the awards show came to an end but not before Luke Bryan came on stage to pick up Aldean and swing him around with a hug in congratulations.
This is Aldean’s first Entertainer of the Year win.
The 51st Academy of Country Music Awards air live on CBS tonight.