Morgan Wallen won the album of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday night for “Dangerous: The Double Album,” a year after it was withdrawn from the ACM vote after being captured by the camera using a racial insult.
Wallen made no direct reference to the incident or his absence from recent awards ceremonies when accepting the trophy at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, but he was able to leave a clue about it.
“For my son, this award would mean that his father was a fighter,” said Wallen, who ended his speech by enthusiastically thanking the fans present.
Miranda Lambert took home the first prize of the night, cheerleader of the year, for the first time after losing five years earlier, but she was not in Las Vegas to accept it.
“I can’t believe I’m not there to celebrate,” Lambert said in a video message from London. “It’s the first time I’ve lost my ACM in 17 years.
Carly Pearce won Best Female Artist and Chris Stapleton won Best Male Artist over Wallen, who received no other awards on Monday night after being nominated for three.
Wallen was among the few winners who did not perform on the show.
Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood won the single of the year for their duet “If I Didn’t Love You”, while Lainey Wilson won the song of the year for “Things a Man Oughta Know”. The artists later performed the songs live in a show that was heavy on performances.
The program, broadcast live by Amazon Prime Video, sought to evoke a party atmosphere while paying homage to both global and local tragedies.
When Old Dominion took to the stage to claim their fifth consecutive ACM award for best group, lead singer Matthew Ramsey said he was pleased that presenter Dolly Parton opened the show by dedicating the night to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.
“I felt a little weird because we’re in this beautiful bubble,” Ramsey said. “Everyone here has fought for their dreams, but there are people out there fighting for their lives.”
Aldean, who was performing at a nearby music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in 2017 when a 64-year-old man opened fire and killed 60 people, said he still couldn’t believe the moment happened while presenting Stapleton.
Stapleton performed his angry song about the shooting, “Watch You Burn.”
“Only a coward would pick up a gun and shoot at a crowd trying to have fun,” Stapleton sang.
Otherwise, the program went out of its way to be fun.
Parton opened the show by stepping onto the stage of the stadium covered in a monkey that appeared to be covered in pieces of glass.
“A disco ball fell on me,” Parton said. “I just hope nothing pierces me.”
Then came the first of several long blocks of performances, including a 35-minute one, in a ceremony that seeks to emphasize music and a concert atmosphere.
Parton’s co-hosts Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett celebrated the show’s return to their hometown after two years in Nashville. They sang Elvis Presley’s classic “Viva Las Vegas” and “Let’s Go to Vegas” by Faith Hill.
They were followed by Eric Church and Walker Hayes medleys, who began their performances on the stadium stands, dressed as casually as the people in the cheap seats as they sang their viral hit on an Applebee date, “Fancy Like.”
The Osborne brothers broke a three-year winning streak of Dan + Shay to take on the best duo, the first trophy awarded during the concert.
Luke Bryan sang his ballad “Up”, then performed his hit duet “Buy Dirt” with Jordan Davis and performed his ballad “Up”. Other performers included Kane Brown, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Blanco Brown, Brooke Eden, Ashley McBryde and BRELAND.
When the show came to an end, Kelly Clarkson performed “I Will Always Love You,” written and recorded by Parton, in honor of the host.
“I love you Dolly Parton!” Clarkson shouted as Parton came out to present the award to the cheerleader of the year.
After reading Lambert’s name, Parton said, “I’ve always loved her.” He also said he thought the late Whitney Houston, who brought fame to the song in the 1990s, would approve of Clarkson’s performance.
Brothers Osborne and Brittney Spencer closed the show with a rendition of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walking.”
Attracted by the ACM’s reputation for having a fun, engaging, and inclusive environment, Amazon sought to go beyond the live sports events it previously aired to connect that with a large audience of country fans listening to Amazon Music.
The program tried to have a sporty look, with three scenarios, aerial spider cameras, non-stop action, and heavy graphics.
It was presented as ad-free, but there were breaks to promote Amazon’s original movies and TV series.
In a moment of promotional synergy, author James Patterson presented a performance by Parton and Kelsea Ballerini.
Patterson and Parton co-authored a novel, “Run, Rose, Run,” which went on sale on Amazon on Monday. Parton and Ballerini performed a duet from the accompanying album, available on Amazon Music, while Ballerini played the title role. audiobook character on Amazon’s Audible.com.
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Morgan Wallen wins ACM Awards; Lambert wins first prize
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