American Country Countdown Awards 2016: 10 Best and Worst Moments

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Best Country Song: Thomas Rhett's
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Best Country Song: Thomas Rhett's "Die a Happy Man"

This really shouldn't be something to get excited about at a country awards show, but Thomas Rhett's "Die a Happy Man" is one supremely country song. And the fact that it keeps winning Song of the Year honors bodes well for the genre. "Die a Happy Man" triumphed at last month's ACM Awards as well, and it's starting to feel like a lock for November's CMA Awards, too. It's sweet and sentimental, but also masculine in its own way. Concise and traditional in approach but strong in the melody department, it's a nearly perfect example of why true country music will withstand the gusting winds of disco and EDM influence — because you can't automate authenticity. TR performed the song just before accepting his trophy, and even with a quiet, free-from-distractions (and somewhat low-effort) presentation, the song is clearly a work of art.

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