ACMs hon­our Las Ve­gas

Ja­son Aldean pays trib­ute to 58 killed dur­ing a coun­try mu­sic con­cert last year

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The 2018 Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic Awards marked a mem­o­rable night for the vic­tims of the mas­sive Las Ve­gas shoot­ing, come­back queen Car­rie Un­der­wood and triple-win­ners Chris Sta­ple­ton and Mi­randa Lam­bert.

Ja­son Aldean paid trib­ute to the 58 peo­ple who died at the Route 91 Har­vest Fes­ti­val in Las Ve­gas last Oc­to­ber when he was named en­ter­tainer of the year Sun­day for the third con­sec­u­tive time. “It’s been a rough year,” Aldean said, thank­ing those “that showed us love and sup­port over the last six months.”

The ACMs brought the coun­try mu­sic com­mu­nity back to Ve­gas six months af­ter the deadly tragedy. Aldean was per­form­ing on­stage when the shoot­ing oc­curred. “You guys are in our hearts al­ways,” Aldean said. “We love Las Ve­gas. Ve­gas strong.” Though Aldean beat out Sta­ple­ton for the top hon­our, Sta­ple­ton’s Sun­day was met with many high points: His wife, Mor­gane, gave birth to twin boys; he cel­e­brated his 40th birth­day; and the lead­ing nom­i­nee, who didn’t at­tend the show, won male vo­cal­ist of the year and al­bum of the year, where he won twice as a singer and pro­ducer. Un­der­wood also had a big night, re­turn­ing to the stage like an AList veteran in her first TV ap­pear­ance since in­jur­ing her face and wrist last year due to a fall at her home. Her new song, Cry Pretty, earned a long and rous­ing stand­ing ova­tion.

Af­ter that, she won vo­cal event of the year for the dance-in­fused coun­try song, The Fighter, with Keith Ur­ban.

Lam­bert made his­tory when she sur­passed Brooks and Dunn as the most dec­o­rated act in ACM his­tory, with 32 wins. Lam­bert won her ninth con­sec­u­tive fe­male vo­cal­ist of the year tro­phy and won twice for song of the year — as the per­former and co-writer of Tin Man. Florida Ge­or­gia Line’s Tyler Hub­bard and Brian Kel­ley with pop singer Bebe Rexha per­formed the mas­sive hit Meant to Be, which is spend­ing its 19th week on top of Bill­board’s Hot coun­try songs chart. It ties Leroy Van Dyke’s Walk On By as the third-longestrun­ning song on the chart. The long­est-run­ning No. 1 song on the coun­try charts, Sam Hunt’s Body Like a Back Road, won sin­gle record of the year at the ACMs. Hunt didn’t at­tend the show.

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Reba McEn­tire hosted the 53rd Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic Awards on Sun­day. The night’s big win­ners in­cluded Chris Sta­ple­ton and Mi­randa Lam­bert.

Car­rie Un­der­wood

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