Best: Old Dominion Come Out of Nowhere
Old Dominion were already a surprise when the ACM nominations were announced in March, scoring a seemingly out-of-left-field Album of the Year nod for their second LP Happy Endings. They also, fittingly, were nominated for Vocal Group of the Year – which Matt Ramsey and co. claimed in the night's ultimate upset, besting heavy favorites Little Big Town. Their win provided one of the night's most emotional acceptance speeches, as band members struggled to find words and the cameras captured their wives in tears. Oddly, Old Dominion, like Brothers Osborne, didn't land a performance slot, which seems like a slight given their high-profile nominations. No doubt that'll be rectified next year, as O.D. just realized their happiest of endings. J.H.