Entertainment

ACM Awards 2020 winners: Blake Shelton takes home the award for Single of the Year

Written by admin

Wednesday night marked the 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which were held in Nashville, Tennessee.

The star-studded evening brought the best of country music together and featured performances spread across three iconic Nashville venues.

Country superstar Blake Shelton was among the evening’s big winners after he took home the prestigious Single of the Year award for his song God’s Country.

Single of the Year: Blake Shelton started off the 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Nashville with his win for Single of the Year

Single of the Year: Blake Shelton started off the 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Nashville with his win for Single of the Year

He began his speech, which was piped in from Los Angeles, with a bit of folksy surprise.

‘Holy Cow! Single of the Year!’ he gushed. ‘This is a complete shock and an absolute honor.’ 

After thanking his producer, he thanked country radio for ‘playing the crap out of not only this song, but you’ve been so good to me with all my singles, and thank you for that.’

He ended the speech with a salute to his partner Gwen Stefani ‘for continuing to encourage me to keep doing this and keep trying and being my inspiration.’

Grateful: After thanking his producer, he thanked country radio for 'playing the crap out of not only this song, but you've been so good to me with all my singles, and thank you for that'

Grateful: After thanking his producer, he thanked country radio for ‘playing the crap out of not only this song, but you’ve been so good to me with all my singles, and thank you for that’

He was featured earlier int he broadcast singing with his partner Gwen Stefani, whom he thanked for 'continuing to encourage me to keep doing this and keep trying and being my inspiration'

He was featured earlier int he broadcast singing with his partner Gwen Stefani, whom he thanked for ‘continuing to encourage me to keep doing this and keep trying and being my inspiration’

Big win: Dan + Shay were the first televised winers and took home a trophy for best duo; shown September 14 in Nashville

Big win: Dan + Shay were the first televised winers and took home a trophy for best duo; shown September 14 in Nashville

Country duo Dan + Shay were one of the evening’s first big winners for Duo of the Year. 

‘What a great way to start off the night,’ Dan Smyers began his speech, before noting that it was his wife’s birthday.

Dan + Shay were also nominated for Song of the Year for 10,000 hours, which featured Justin Bieber.

The country group Old Dominion were the ultimate winners for their track One Man Band.

‘Wow. Man. That’s a big one,’ gushed singer Matthew Ramsey, who shared a moving story.

‘Songwriting is what got us here. This is not what I thought I would say but we’re sitting here in this empty room and I can hear Andrew, our friend that passed away. I can hear him saying, “I know who you are.” Like he used to yell that at us,’ he said, before remembering other people close to the band who had passed on.

‘They are so proud. And this is such an honor to receive this in their presence. Thank you for this.’

Missed chance: Dan + Shay were also nominated for Song of the Year for 10,000 hours, which featured Justin Bieber

Missed chance: Dan + Shay were also nominated for Song of the Year for 10,000 hours, which featured Justin Bieber

Big win: Country group Old Dominion took home the award for Song of the Year for One Man Band

Big win: Country group Old Dominion took home the award for Song of the Year for One Man Band

'This is not what I thought I would say but we're sitting here in this empty room and I can hear Andrew, our friend that passed aw' said simger I can hear him saying, "I know who you are."

‘This is not what I thought I would say but we’re sitting here in this empty room and I can hear Andrew, our friend that passed away,’ said singer Matthew Ramsey. ‘I can hear him saying, “I know who you are”‘

Old Dominion were back on stage later to accept the award for Group of the Year.

Singer Matthew Ramsey returned to shout out the group’s road crew, who haven’t been able to work with them much as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has shut down most live performances. 

‘I think everybody here would be okay if I sent this one out to our road crew who really is getting hit hard right now in these weird times,’ said Ramsey. 

‘We love you guys, you work so hard for us. We could not do this without you.’

Leggy display: Lily Aldrige presented the awards for Group of the Year

Leggy display: Lily Aldrige presented the awards for Group of the Year

Behind-the-scenes heroes: 'I think everybody here would be okay if I sent this one out to our road crew who really is getting hit hard right now in these weird times,' said Ramsey; Old Dominion bassist Geoff Sprung pictured

Behind-the-scenes heroes: ‘I think everybody here would be okay if I sent this one out to our road crew who really is getting hit hard right now in these weird times,’ said Ramsey; Old Dominion bassist Geoff Sprung pictured

Miranda Lambert was one of the early ACM winners for her collaborative song Fooled Around And Fell In Love.

The track featured an all-star lineup including Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack and Elle King.

Miranda and her fellow singers were presented with the Music Event of the Year award Monday on CBS This Morning.

The songstress released the single ahead of her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars tour, where each of her collaborators also performed.

Another of the advance awards went out to Hillary Lindsey, who won Songwriter of the Year.

Advance notice: Miranda Lambert won Musical Event of the Year on Monday, which was presented early on CBS This Morning

Advance notice: Miranda Lambert won Musical Event of the Year on Monday, which was presented early on CBS This Morning

Tenille Townes and Riley Greenwere also awarded early, taking home the New Female and Male Artist of the Year trophies, respectively. 

Townes, who hails from Canada, has already released three albums, including her newest, The Lemonade Stand, which was released in June by the prestigious Columbia Nashville label.

She also shared the Music Event of the Year award with Miranda Lambert.

Although Green has recently been getting acclaim in the US, she released her first album back in 2011, when she was only 17 years old. 

Rising star: Tenille Townes won New Female Artist of the Year and shared Music Event of the Year with Miranda Lambert

Rising star: Tenille Townes won New Female Artist of the Year and shared Music Event of the Year with Miranda Lambert

Green released his debut studio album Different ‘Round Here in September 2019.

He performed his moving song I Wish Grandpas Never Died at the ceremony. 

‘This award is such an honor. But I wouldn’t be where I am without a lot of help. I want to thank the fans, country radio, my team here in Nashville, my family and friends back home, and most of all the two men that inspired me to write this next song. Buford Green and Lendon Bonds, this one’s for you,’ he concluded, referencing his two grandfathers.

As there was a five-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, the award show wanted to bring the live television experience back again so there aren’t any fake fans, canned applause or pre-taped acceptance speeches. 

The awards, normally held in April in Las Vegas, were delayed this year and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, for the first time. But while other music award shows have tried a hybrid of virtual stages, music video-style performances or at-home shows, the ACMs will be broadcast on CBS from three indoor stages in Nashville, Tennessee.

Early win: Riley Green was awarded early as New Male Artist of the Year

Early win: Riley Green was awarded early as New Male Artist of the Year

‘We’ve tried to maintain, for lack of a better word, the normalcy of what we do at the ACM Awards, which is presentations of lot of live performances on stages,’ said R.A. Clark, who is in his 21st year as executive producer of the show.

The performances, some of which are pre-taped, span three historically important stages in country music history, but none will be open for fans. 

The smallest, the Bluebird Cafe, accommodated only about 90 people pre-pandemic and the venue helped to start the careers of Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift, among many others. Miranda Lambert will sing the aptly titled Bluebird from the small stage, with other performances from Tim McGraw, Jimmie Allen and Luke Combs.

The Ryman Auditorium, an early landmark for gospel and bluegrass as well as country, will feature performances by Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett with Jon Pardi and Kelsea Ballerini.

Even Taylor Swift is making her return to the ACMs after seven years with a performance from her new album Folklore, which has spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Swift will perform at the Grand Ole Opry House, the center of operations for the live broadcast where host Keith Urban and presenters will give out the awards. Clark said that’s what is setting this pandemic awards show apart from others.

‘Hearing the winners and having live acceptance speeches is essential,’ said Clark.

Head start: Tenille Townes won New Female Artist of the Year before the ceremony

Head start: Tenille Townes won New Female Artist of the Year before the ceremony

A whole new department focusing on COVID-19 precautions and regulations has been added by Dick Clark Productions. 

Whether they’re a guitar tech, a grip, an artist or a producer, everyone who enters any of their venues has to take a COVID-19 test, wear a mask and get their temperature checked, said Clark.

But going from a large arena in Las Vegas to three smaller stages has actually given them more flexibility in the pandemic.

‘When we’re at MGM (Grand Arena) or in one venue, there´s so many people crawling all over each other from staff to crew to talent, dressing rooms, all that,’ said Clark. “Part of the benefit of being in three different venues is everybody is spread out and there´s less population density, which helps with our protocols.”

Damon Whiteside, CEO of the ACM, said they have rethought a lot of what they normally do for an awards show, down to setting up a virtual press junket for artists and media ahead of Wednesday’s show. But he also thinks that fans will appreciate the realism that the show is trying to achieve with its performances.

‘When you see an artist on stage and they´re in an empty Ryman Auditorium, and you´re going to see the empty church pews, it´s going to be really powerful,’ said Whiteside. “That for us is more important than having cardboard cut outs or fake applause or things like that.”

Urban, who is the reigning ACM entertainer of the year, will take over show hosting duties this year for the first time and has his work cut out for him. But he´s thankful he´s getting the opportunity at all.

‘I´m so glad that they are doing it,’ said Urban. ‘Because I felt for a moment, like are we just going to have to pass on this year? That would be heartbreaking.’

But he joked about how the doling out of awards will look much different this year.

‘I don´t know if it´s gonna look like an NFL Draft night when we hand out the awards,” Urban said laughing. ‘I keep seeing that in my head, like they´ll be over at Miranda Lambert´s house or Eric Church´s or someone´s and they´ll be there going “Woo-hoo!” with their family in the background.’

2020 ACM Awards Winners

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Carrie Underwood

 

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Maren Morris

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood

 

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Dierks Bentley

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

 

DUO OF THE YEAR

Brooks & Dunn

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay – WINNER

Florida Georgia Line

Maddie & Tae

 

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Midland

Old Dominion – WINNER

The Highwomen

 

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ingrid Andress

Gabby Barrett

Lindsay Ell

Caylee Hammack

Tenille Townes

 

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Jordan Davis

Russell Dickerson

Riley Green

Cody Johnson

Morgan Wallen

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett

GIRL – Maren Morris

Heartache Medication – Jon Pardi

What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs

Wildcard – Miranda Lambert

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton – WINNER

“One Man Band” – Old Dominion

“Rainbow” – Kacey Musgraves

“Rumor” – Lee Brice

“What If I Never Get Over You” – Lady Antebellum

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber

“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” – Ashley McBryde

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton

“One Man Band” – Old Dominion – WINNER

“Some of It” – Eric Church

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton

“One Man Band” – Old Dominion

“Remember You Young” – Thomas Rhett — WINNER

“Sugar Coat” – Little Big Town

 

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Ashley Gorley

Michael Hardy

Hillary Lindsey – WINNER

Shane McAnally

Josh Osborne

 

MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber

“Dive Bar” – Garth Brooks feat. Blake Shelton

“Fooled Around and Fell in Love” – Miranda Lambert feat. Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack & Elle King – WINNER

“Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus

“What Happens in a Small Town” – Brantley Gilbert feat. Lindsay Ell

 

CASINO OF THE YEAR – THEATER

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NV

The Joint: Tulsa – Tulsa, OK

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort – Mt. Pleasant, MI

The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino – Las Vegas, NV

WinStar Global Event Center – Thackerville, OK

 

CASINO OF THE YEAR – ARENA

Mark G. Etess Arena – Atlantic City, NJ

MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV

Sandia Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM

Stir Concert Cove – Council Bluffs, IA

T Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, NV

 

FAIR/RODEO OF THE YEAR

California Mid-State Fair – Paso Robles, CA

Cheyenne Frontier Days – Cheyenne, WY

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo – Houston, TX

Minnesota State Fair – St. Paul, MN

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo – San Antonio, TX

FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR

Boots and Hearts Music Festival – Oro-Medonte, OR

Stagecoach – Indio, CA

Tortuga Music Festival – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Watershed Festival – George, WA

Windy City Smokeout – Chicago, IL

 

CLUB OF THE YEAR

Billy Bob’s Texas – Fort Worth, TX

Coyote Joe’s – Charlotte, NC

Grizzly Rose – Denver, CO

Joe’s Live – Rosemont, IL

Losers Bar & Grill – Nashville, TN

 

THEATER OF THE YEAR

The Beacon Theatre – New York, NY

The Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL

DeJoria Center – Salt Lake City, UT

Rialto Square Theatre – Joliet, IL

Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL

 

OUTDOOR VENUE OF THE YEAR

Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, NH

Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

Innsbrook After Hours – Glen Allen, VA

Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO

Rose Music Center – Huber Heights, OH

The Wharf at Orange Beach – Orange Beach, AL

 

ARENA OF THE YEAR

Infinite Energy Center – Duluth, GA

Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, MI

VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL

 

DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR

Clay Campbell – Triangle Talent

Gary Osier – Gary Osier Presents

Gil Cunningham – Neste Live!

Kell Houston – Houston Productions

Nina Rojas – Neste Live!

Todd Boltin – Variety Attractions

 

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

Adam Weiser – AEG Presents

Brian O’Connell – Live Nation

Jered Johnson – Pepper Productions

Stacy Vee – Messina Touring Group

Troy Vollhoffer – Premier Global Production

 

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Eli Beaird

Mike Brignardello

Tim Marks

Michael Rhodes

Jimmie Lee Sloas

 

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR

Fred Eltringham

Miles McPherson

Greg Morrow

Jerry Roe

Nir Zidkyahu

 

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Tom Bukovac

Dann Huff

Rob McNelley

Adam Shoenfeld

Ilya Toshinskiy

 

PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

David Dorn

Tony Harrell

Charlie Judge

Tim Lauer

Gordon Mote

Mike Rojas

 

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Stuart Duncan

Jenee Fleenor

Jim Hoke

Danny Rader

Joe Spivey

Charlie Worsham

 

STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Dan Dugamore

Paul Franklin

Josh Grange

Russ Pahl

Justin Schipper

 

AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Chuck Ainlay

Jeff Balding

Tony Castle

Julian King

Steve Marcantonio

Justin Niebank

 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

busbee

Buddy Cannon

Dann Huff

Michael Knox

Joey Moi

 

 

About the author

admin

Leave a Comment