ACM Awards Winners: Lainey Wilson, Hardy, Chris Stapleton

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in the 58th year Country Music Awards AcademyShowman of the Year Award was given to the winners. Chris Stapletoneven as lainey wilson And hardy they won the most categories, the two shared in the duet “Wait in the Truck”.

Technically, Hardy walked away with six awards, as the ACMs gave double awards to artists who co-wrote the nominated songs.

“I wrote 300 songs during the pandemic,” said Wilson, who received the album of the year award. Noting that some of his fans said that listening to the album “Bell Bottom Country” helped save their lives, Wilson said, “Writing these songs saved mine.” He quoted one of his own words: “Be yourself, because everyone else is taken.”

The two categories in which Wilson and Hardy shared the win were visual media of the year and music event of the year. Separately, Wilson won female artist of the year and Hardy won best artist-songwriter.

(Scroll down for a photo gallery of winners, nominees, and artists.)

Meanwhile, the unofficial award for the night’s most exciting collaboration could go to Ed Sheeran and Luke Combs, who exchanged the lines from Sheeran’s latest single, “Life Goes On,” a ballad about accepting death as a piece. Your life. The pop star’s appearance had been teased a few days earlier, but it was not known with whom or what song he would sing. Fans of one or both immediately began clamoring for the official release of a duet version.

The ceremony was broadcast live on Prime Video and Amazon’s Twitch channel from the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas. It will be available to watch again on Amazon Freevee starting Friday night.

Accepting the best female artist award, Lainey Wilson said, “First of all, I can’t believe I just met Dolly Parton.” “I’m here because of people who pave the way like Dolly Parton.” He also praised the candidates who missed many weddings and funerals – not because I wanted to go to all of them anyway. He encouraged the watching “little girls” to believe in their dreams with a warning: “If you want to be a dreamer, you better be a doer.”

Hardy acknowledged the two-time winner songs with featured artist Wilson on “Wait in the Truck,” and said, “Thanks Lainey, you definitely killed him. No doubt you’ve always been the one who got people to believe in this song.” Speaking about the number’s theme of domestic abuse, Wilson said, “I think it’s really important to sing about things that are hard to talk about. I didn’t want people to connect with this song, but a lot of people do, and it’s for all of you.”

Lainey Wilson at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023, in Frisco, Texas. (Variation)
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The top male artist went to Morgan Wallen, who was forced to opt out due to a vocal hiatus that he announced this week would force him to cancel his nearly six-week show and appearance on ACM, “It must be killing him to win and not be here,” Brooks said. “Let’s all celebrate for him tonight.”

Following Keith Urban’s opening number, “Texas Time,” hosts Brooks and Parton had an opening comedy routine that began in earnest when Brooks named his co-host “GOAT.” He pulled out a real goat in a wagon, then raced some more with Brooks’ wife, Trisha Yearwood, saying that Parton had agreed she could be her “salon card”, and then Yearwood supposedly won the same pass. The crux came with the “T” in Goat meaning “triple”.

On a healthier note, mentions of great men who died last year, including Parton’s friend Loretta Lynn, led the singer to apparently spontaneously enter a “Precious Memories” a cappella. “I felt like I should have said that,” Parton explained. “Jiminy Christmas, we’re so lucky to have you in this format,” Brooks replied.

Highlights include Cody Johnson, who plays “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Boys Grow Up to Be Cowboys” (with particularly strong advice from the young Brooklyn star) after a brief conversation between Willie Nelson and the hosts; Jo Dee Messina, original singer of “Heads Carolina, Tails California” joining Cole Swindell on “She Had Me at Heads Carolina”; and a duet between Carly Pearce, the female vocalist of last year, and Yearwood; and the IRL duo, War and Covenant, who knock multiple duets out of the park on tour every night.

Wilson also became a huge hit by producing his own track “Cookin’ With Grease”. The show concluded with Parton’s premiere of his new single “World on Fire” from his upcoming album “Rockstar”.

Luke Combs and Hardy at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023, in Frisco, Texas. (Variation)
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Here is the full list of Thursday night award winners:

FUN OF THE YEAR

Chris Stapleton

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

lainey wilson

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

morgan wallen

DUO OF THE YEAR

brothers osborne

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Old Domination

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Haley Whitters

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Zach Bryan

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Bell Sub-CountryLaney Wilson

OF THE YEAR

Cole Swindell “Owned Me in Heads Carolina”

SONG OF THE YEAR

“She Had Me at Heads Carolina”, authors: Ashley Gorley, Cole Swindell, Jesse Frasure, Mark D. Sanders, Thomas Rhett, and Tim Nichols; Artist: Cole Swindell

VISUAL MEDIA OF THE YEAR

Hardy, “Wait in the Truck” with Lainey Wilson

MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR

Hardy, “Wait in the Truck” with Lainey Wilson

SONG OF THE YEAR

Ashley Gorley

ARTIST-SONG OF THE YEAR

hardy

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023, in Frisco, Texas. (Christopher Polk/Diversity)
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Lainey Wilson and Ashley McBryde at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023, in Frisco, Texas. (Christopher Polk/Diversity)
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Cole Swindell and Jo Dee Messina at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023, in Frisco, Texas. (Rich Polk/Variety)
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Jordan Davis and Jelly Roll at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023, in Frisco, Texas. (Michael Buckner/Diversity)
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Dolly Parton at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023, in Frisco, Texas. (Michael Buckner/Diversity)
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Kane Brown and Katelyn Jae at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023, in Frisco, Texas. (Michael Buckner/Diversity)
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Ed Sheeran at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023, in Frisco, Texas. (Michael Buckner/Diversity)
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Hardy at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023, in Frisco, Texas. (Michael Buckner/Diversity)
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Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023, in Frisco, Texas. (Michael Buckner/Diversity)
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