53rd ACM Awards®
The 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ brought Country Music’s Party of the Year back to Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 15, 2018 for a star-studded night of music. The show, which honors and showcases the biggest names and emerging talent in country music, featured exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations and more, including a special tribute to the Las Vegas community and the victims of October’s Route 91 tragedy.
Hosted by country superstar, Reba McEntire, the ACM Awards named Jason Aldean this year’s Entertainer of the Year, the evening’s biggest honor. This marked the third consecutive win for Aldean in this category and his 13th overall ACM Award win.
Meanwhile, history was made when Miranda Lambert took home trophies for both ACM Female Vocalist of the Year and ACM Song of the Year (as both artist and songwriter), officially making her the most-awarded artist in ACM Awards history with 32 total ACM Awards. This record was previously held by duo Brooks & Dunn.
Chris Stapleton won ACM Male Vocalist of the year, his second win in that category. He also won an additional two awards as both artist and producer in the ACM Album of the Year category for From A Room: Volume 1.
Brothers Osborne won ACM Vocal Duo of the Year for the second consecutive year. The duo also won ACM Video of the Year for “It Ain’t My Fault,” along with directors Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver and producer Tiffany Davies. ACM CEO Pete Fisher surprised the duo with these awards, presenting them during CMT’s Facebook Live coverage of the ACM Awards red carpet.
Old Dominion won ACM Vocal Group of the Year, their first award in this category. They previously won ACM New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year at the 51st ACM Awards in 2016.
Lauren Alaina, Midland and Brett Young were also previously announced winners for ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year, ACM New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year and ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year, respectively.
Hollywood stars David Boreanaz, AJ Buckley, Sam Elliot, Ashton Kutcher, Nancy O'Dell, Rebecca Romijn and Max Thieriot joined musicians Cam, Eve, Dustin Lynch and Sugarland, as well as professional athletes Drew Brees and Lindsey Vonn, in presenting some of the night's prestigious awards.
Performers for the evening included Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Chris Janson, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Midland, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Brett Young and Chris Young. Plus, Bebe Rexha and Julia Michaels made their debut appearances at the ACM Awards, with Rexha performing the chart-topping collaboration “Meant to Be” with Florida Georgia Line and Michaels performing with Keith Urban for Urban's new single "Coming Home."
For the first time, the Academy of Country Music Awards debuted “ACM Flashbacks” to honor classic country music hits and/or the artists whose music continues to influence musicians and fans alike. This year, the awards telecast honored three of country music’s hit songs from 1993 with Toby Keith and Blake Shelton performing Keith’s celebrated No.1 debut single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” Alan Jackson and Jon Pardi performing Jackson’s ACM Award-winning hit “Chattahoochee,” and Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson performing Reba’s GRAMMY® Award-winning hit “Does He Love You.”
To view the full list of this year's ACM Awards winners, click here.