ACMs honour Las Vegas
Jason Aldean pays tribute to 58 killed during a country music concert last year
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.
Reba McEntire hosted the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday. The night’s big winners included Chris Stapleton and Miranda Lambert.