Last night’s ACMs ended with a TIE for Entertainer of the Year between Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett. It was the first time in ACM history that’s happened.
One of the obviously awkward moments pointed out by artists and fans alike was the silence. While artists gave acceptance speeches several pointed out it was weird talking to no one, and the ending of the performances just didn’t have energy according to Twitter.
However! One of the performances that stood out was Carrie Underwood, she stunned viewers with a medley honor some of country music’s iconic women. Carrie covered Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” Reba McEntire’s “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” Barbara Mandrell’s “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” Martina McBride’s “A Broken Wing,” and here’s Dolly Parton’s “Why’d You Come in Here Lookin' Like That.”
Kane Brown delivered a powerful performance of his song “Worldwide Beautiful” complete with choir members in the higher seats at the Grande Ole Opry.
Luke Combs won Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year and gave a heartfelt performance of a song he wrote for his wife called “Better Together.”
Other winners included Maren Morris for Female Artist of the Year, Dan+Shay won Duo of the Year, Song of the Year, Old Dominion “One Man Band” and Group of the Year, and Single of the Year went to Blake Shelton for “God’s Country.” You can check out more clips of last night’s performances on the ACM Awards Instagram!