Country duo Dan + Shay continued their career year at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2019 on Sunday night, when they won three prizes – and the most from one act – and became the joke of the night.
"I'm going to give Dan + Shay so they can go home at four," Thomas Rhett said when he received the Male Artist of the Year award. Moderator Reba McEntire said the show should be renamed "Dan + Shay's Excellent Adventure".
Even Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney themselves were obviously overwhelmed when they gave their third speech. "I think someone got the cards mixed," Smyers said, accepting the price for a vocal duo. For the ballad "Tequila", the hit song that earned them their first Grammy for duo / group, they went away with song and single of the year.
Kacey Musgraves continued her winning streak with "Golden Hour," which in brought her four Grammys in February, including the album of the year. This time she won for the ACM album and the artist of the year; and although she curiously did not get a performance slot on the three-hour television program, she used the time on stage with an empowering message.
"This award goes to any woman or girl – or anyone, really – who may be said that their perspective or style is too different to work" Musgraves said, perhaps in a nod to the fact that some gatekeepers of country music do not appreciate their unique perspective. "Just stay with it. It will work. "19659010 In the meantime, Keith Urban won the coveted Entertainer of the Year category and became emotional, as he thanked his wife Nicole Kidman (as usual beaming in the audience) and her two daughters. A full list of winners is listed below. Here are some of the best and worst moments of the show.
* Ashley McBryde's moment of triumph with "Girl Goin & Nowhere".
McBryde, who barely died of drought in Nashville for a decade Before she released her critically acclaimed debut album last year, she had one of those moments that artists dream of: she was allowed to sing a song on national television about people who thought she would never make it. In particular, the breathtaking acoustic ballad Girl Goin & Nowhere, inspired by a teacher who told her that she would never be a country singer.
At the end of the show, McBryde (the new artist of the year won) was so upset she could barely sing. "Wow," she said as the audience gave her thunderous standing ovations.
* The collaboration between Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne.
Some ACM performances were deeply serious while others emitted pure infectious energy – Morris and TJ and John Osborne definitely the latter. The three singers (who are close friends in real life) had a bite to eat with their happy new song "All My Favorite People", a play from Morris' new album "Girl" (19459044). The performance had some Nashville insider jokes. including a sign for Santa's Pub, one of the most popular pubs in Music City with epic karaoke.
* The many other duets.
Typically, country award show duets are a hit or a miss. But this year had a surprising number of firm pairings. Kane Brown and Khalid impressed with a remix version of "Saturday Nights," which Khalid re-released in January. Dierks Bentley and Brandi Carlile brought the house down with "Travelin 'Light", which appears on Bentley's album. Eric Church and McBryde's blended in perfectly with his song "The Snake" about the current toxic political atmosphere.
And as an added bonus – there was a country of the 1990s and early 2000s! George Strait and Miranda Lambert were a hit on Strait's Run, while Luke Combs released a new version of Brand New Man starring Brooks & Dunn.
* Blake Shelton's unexpectedly dark sound.
Shelton has been on radio singles for some time, but that sounds far from the same, but his new "God's Country" has an unexpected gothic energy that you do not necessarily associate with the "voice" trainer would bring. Still, it seems to work. His performance with ghostly dark thunderclouds in the background He helped the track on # 2 on iTunes.
* Carrie Underwood's Pool Party track.
Speaking of singers trying new things, you do not usually think of "Party Son g" and "Carrie Underwood." Normally their singles revolve around "love" or "revenge" or "murder." That's why she speaks for it that she's going in the opposite direction, with "Southbound," a jolly Spring Break-heemed track that started at a Vegas pool (along with her tour openers, Maddie & Tae, and Runaway June) and went further into the ACMs, with many backup dancers who were thrilled to be there.
* Little Big Towns big moment with "The Daughters."
The Country Quartet is famous for its ballads and harmonies, and the new single can stop you in your tracks when you hear the brutally honest lyrics, beyond all the expectations that are made of women: "pose like a trophy on the shelf / dream for all, but not for yourself. I have heard of God the Son and God the Father. I'm still looking for a god for the daughters.
* The absence of female nominees and winners.
Even though this is a much-discussed topic in country music, it's never a good sign. The host of the ACMs evokes the blatant lack of women on the show: "Did you know that it was in Las Vegas a few weeks ago Vegas has snowed? It was so cold that we women were frozen by the Entertainer of the Year, "Reba Ganz said at the top of the show, which was pulled out of the crowd, the categories for men were still highlighted as only two women stayed up all night The stage's prizes included: Kacey Musgraves, who won two awards, and Nicolle Galyon, the co-writer of Dan + Shay's "Tequila."
* Luke Bryan's "Knockin & # 39; Boots."
Maybe it was because he followed a fiery Miranda Lambert, but Bryan, usually one of the most hyped performers, was a swing and a miss with his new single, he did not seem to bring his usual energy, something tells us that this song is going to be # 1 anyway … the character he held in the audience (a bit while Rebas Monologue), did not lie:
* The look of "Artist of the Decade".
Although the ACMs gushed about how Lambert has the most ACM awards, Aldean was the one to receive a special homage and speech on the show when he was named Artist of the Decade (32!). Granted, Aldean is a huge star – but it looked a bit strange when both medleys performed their big hits and then only Aldean got the honor.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Keith Urban – Winner
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
19659048] Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves – Winner
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Chris Stapleton  Keith Urban
DUO OF THE YEAR
Dan + Shay – Winner
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Maddie & Tae
] GROUP OF THE YEAR
Little Big Town
Old Dominion – Winner
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ashley McBryde – Winner
NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR RES
Luke Combs – Winner
NEW DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
LANCO – Winner  Runaway June
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
"Dan + Shay" Dan + Shay
"Desperate Man" Eric Church
"From One Room: Volume 2" Chris Stapleton
"Golden Hour" Kacey Musgraves – Winner
"The Mountain" Dierks Bentley
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
"To the Honky Tonk" Jake Owen
"Heaven" Kane Brown
"Meant to Be" Bebe Rexha feat , Florida Georgia Line
"Most People Are Good" Luke Bryan
"Tequila" Dan + Shay – Winner
LIED OF THE YEAR
"Break Up In End" Cole Swindell (written by Jessie Jo Dillon) , Chase McGill, Jon Nite)
"Broken Halos" Chris Stapleton (written by Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson)
"Meant to Be" Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line (written by Bebe Rexha, Tyler Hubbard, Joshua Miller, David Garcia)
"Space Cowboy" Kacey Musgraves (written by Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally)
"Tequila" Dan + Shay (written Dan Smyers, Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds) – Winner
"Her" Russell Dickerson (written by Russell Dickerson, Parker Welling, Casey Brown)
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
"Babe" Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift
"Burn Out" Midland
"Burning Man" Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne
"Drunk Girl" Chris Janson – Winner
"Shoot Me Straight" Brothers Osborne
"Tequila" Dan + Shay
MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR
Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne – Winner
"Drown the Whiskey" Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert
"Everything will be alright" David Lee Murphy feat. Kenny Chesney
"Keeping Score" Dan + Shay feat. Kelly Clarkson
Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
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