BREAKING! ACM Awards Ends in TIE – Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood

For the first time in the show’s history, the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards took place tonight (Sept 16.) live from Nashville. The annual show honors the greats of country music and although this year’s special event looked a little different, it certainly did not disappoint.

Originally slated to take place last April in Las Vegas, it was postponed until September, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of having the award show in one location, it aired with epic performances from three different historic iconic Nashville locations: the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe.

This year a new location also meant a new host. Keith Urban hosted for the first time and did an incredible job in his new role following in Reba McEntire’s footsteps. Urban brought home the biggest award of the show last year, the ACM Entertainer of the Year, and is a 15-time ACM Award winner.

The show included epic performances from the biggest names in country music, including Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett & Jon Pardi, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani, Trisha Yearwood, and so many more.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night came with the reveal of the coveted Entertainer of the Year award. Up for the honor were Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, and Thomas Rhett. Resulting in a tie, for the first time ever, Carrie Underwood & Thomas Rhett ultimately took home the award!

Check out the list below for all of the night’s winners and follow along on Instagram, @NYCountrySwag for more special moments from the show.


Entertainer of the Year

Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett ** WINNER
Carrie Underwood ** WINNER
* For the first time ever, the ACM Entertainer of the Year award ended in a tie between Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett.


Male Entertainer of the Year

Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs ** WINNER
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban


Female Artist of the Year

Miranda Lambert
Carrie Underwood
Maren Morris ** WINNER
Kacey Musgraves
Kelsea Ballerini


New Male Artist of the Year

Russell Dickerson
Jordan Davis
Riley Green ** Early Winner
Cody Johnson
Morgan Wallen


New Female Artist of the Year

Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Lindsay Ell
Caylee Hammack
Tenille Townes ** Early Winner


Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay ** WINNER
Florida Georiga Line
Maddie & Tae


Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion ** WINNER
The High Women


Album of the Year

Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett
GIRL – Maren Morris
Heartache Medication – Jon Pardi
What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs ** WINNER
Wildcard – Miranda Lambert


Song of the Year

10,000 Hours -Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber
Girl Goin Nowhere – Ashley McBryde
God’s Country – Blake Shelton
One Man Band – Old Dominion ** WINNER
Some of It – Eric Church


Single of the Year

God’s Country – Blake Shelton ** WINNER
One Man Band – Old Dominion
Rainbow – Kacey Musgraves
Rumor – Lee Brice
What If I Never Get Over You – Lady Antebellum


Music Event of the Year

10,000 Hours Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber
Dive Bar – Garth Brooks feat. Blake Shelton
Fooled Around and Fell In Love – Miranda Lambert feat. Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack & Elle King ** Early Winner
Old Town Road – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
What Happens in a Small Town – Brantley Gilbert feat. Lindsay Ell


Songwriter of the Year

Ashley Gorley
Michael Hardy
Hilary Lindsey ** Early Winner
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne


Video of the Year

10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber
God’s Country – Blake Shelton
One Man Band – Old Dominion
Remember You Young – Thomas Rhett ** Early Winner
Sugarcoat – Little Big Town



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