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ICYMI: The 2018 ACM Awards

Photo credit: Flickr user Gage Skidmore 

At this weekend’s ACM Awards, it seemed that the women of country music are ready to take back the country music community! Miranda Lambert became the most awarded musician in ACM history, Carrie Underwood made her return to the stage and Reba teamed up with Kelly Clarkson to bring fans back to the early 90’s.

Reba also replaced the former hosts, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley. She joked that the team behind the ACMs finally figured out that it “only takes one woman to do the work of two men.”

This was the first time a lot of these artists have returned to Vegas since the Route 91 Harvest Festival attack, so it was also a night of healing for many fans and artists. Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley had a view of the site from his hotel room and shared his thoughts with fans on Instagram.


Had no idea this was gonna be our view for a couple days here in Vegas for the acms but I’m glad it was. To be honest when I first opened the curtains it actually took my breath away. It made it more real than ever. Every day I’ve taken some time a couple times a day to pray over this lot, the lost, and all of the families and fans effected by this terrible act. I’m learning in my life it’s better to face the uncomfortable, the fear, the crazy, head on. To all of those still living with the memories, injuries, and emotional trauma of that night we want you to know we love you and you are not forgotten. Today we honor you by wearing an 851 pin. Let’s shine brighter than ever, for only light can drive out darkness. #851 #route91harvest #vegasstrong

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Carrie Underwood returned to the stage for the first time since she fell and needed at least 40 stitches and surgery on her wrist. She warned fans that she may look a little different but there was no mistaking her beauty during her performance of her new single, ‘Cry Pretty’.


In case you missed it, here’s the full list of winners:

Entertainer of the Year: Jason Aldean

Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist: Chris Stapleton

Vocal Group: Old Dominion

Vocal Duo: Brothers Osborne

Song of the Year: “Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert(Songwriters: Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall)

Album of the Year: From A Room: Volume 1, Chris Stapleton (Producers: Stapleton and Dave Cobb)

Video of the Year: “It Ain’t My Fault” by Brothers Osborne

Single Record of the Year: “Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt (Songwriters: Hunt, Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne)

Vocal Event of the Year: “The Fighter,” Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood
(Producers: Busbee and Urban)

Songwriter of the Year: Rhett Akins

Weeks before the award show, Lauren Alaina received the award for New Female Vocalist, while Brett Young won New Male Vocalist and Midland was awarded New Vocal Duo or Group.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners! Stay tuned to Thunder106 for all of the hottest country music and news!