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ACM Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

From Entertainer of the Year to the Academy’s pick for best album

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Miranda Lambert became the all-time winningest artist in ACM Awards history.

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Jason Aldean was named Entertainer of the Year for the third consecutive time at the 53rd ACM Awards. “It’s been a rough year. Thanks to everyone who reached out and showed love and support to us, it meant a lot to us,” he said, accepting his trophy. “To my Route 91 people, you guys are in my hearts always, love you guys. And we love Las Vegas, Vegas strong. Thank you.” Aldean, who was onstage during the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting, was visibly emotional as he spoke. 

Elsewhere, Miranda Lambert won her ninth consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year trophy, while Chris Stapleton triumphed in the Male Vocalist category. Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 1 was also named Album of the Year at the ACMs and Lambert’s “Tin Man” won Song of the Year. “Thank you for sharing my broken heart with me,” Lambert said, accepting the award with co-writers Jack Ingram and Jon Randall. The track is a highlight of Lambert’s double album The Weight of These Wings.

Brothers Osborne and Rhett Akins were early winners at the awards. The sibling duo won their second consecutive Vocal Duo of the Year ACM trophy, as well as the award for music video for “It Ain’t My Fault.” Brothers Osborne faced stiff competition in the duo race, as superstar couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill received their first nomination in the category.

“Us going against Tim alone would be impossible, but you throw Faith Hill in the mix,” John told Rolling Stone earlier, assessing their chances of victory. “But we’re appreciative of all of that and [winning has] changed our lives in a big way. I think it gave us a huge amount of validity to people who are not in the country industry. It opened people’s eyes and it opened the door to a lot of things.”

Elsewhere, Atkins was named Songwriter of the Year and Lauren Alaina, Brett Young and the trio Midland scored in the new artist categories. “You feel really proud, looking at two of your best friends and going, ‘This crazy idea of us doing a project over our love of country music is a testament to follow your ambitions, your dreams and going in full force,” Midland’s Mark Wystrach told Rolling Stone Country.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean – WINNER
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert – WINNER
Reba McEntire
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton – WINNER
Keith Urban
Chris Young

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne – WINNER
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion – WINNER

New Male Vocalist of the Year
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Devin Dawson
Russell Dickerson
Brett Young – WINNER

New Female Vocalist of the Year
Lauren Alaina – WINNER
Danielle Bradbery
Carly Pearce

New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year
High Valley
Midland – WINNER
Runaway June

Songwriter of the Year
Rhett Akins – WINNER
Ashley Gorley
Hillary Lindsey
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne

Album of the Year
The Breaker – Little Big Town
California Sunrise – Jon Pardi
From A Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton – WINNER
Happy Endings – Old Dominion
Life Changes – Thomas Rhett

Single Record of the Year
“Better Man” – Little Big Town
“Body Like a Back Road” – Sam Hunt – WINNER
“Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton
“Drinkin’ Problem” – Midland
“I’ll Name the Dogs” – Blake Shelton

Song of the Year
“Body Like a Back Road” – Sam Hunt (songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
“Female” – Keith Urban (songwriters: Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally)
“Tin Man” – Miranda Lambert (songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall) – WINNER
“Whiskey and You” – Chris Stapleton (songwriters: Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton)

Video of the Year
“Black” – Dierks Bentley
“It Ain’t My Fault” – Brothers Osborne – WINNER
“Legends” – Kelsea Ballerini
“Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett
“We Should Be Friends” – Miranda Lambert

Vocal Event of the Year
“Craving You” – Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris
“Dear Hate” – Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill
“Funny (How Time Slips Away) – Glen Campbell and Willie Nelson
“The Fighter” – Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood – WINNER
“What Ifs” – Kane Brown featuring Lauren Alaina


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