The Academy of Country Music Awards stunned fans when the evening ended for the first time in its history in a tie between Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett as Entertainer of the Year.
While the award is sacred among country musicians and fans alike, some fans weren’t particularly pleased that it was split between the two hits.
“Of course, they had to tie the ACM Awards Entertainer and make sure a man still won. A well-deserved, hard-working woman couldn’t have it alone this year,” said a viewer on Twitter. “About this s – t.”
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“ACM Awards with a TIE as Entertainer of the Year ?! Participation trophy generation at its best,” explained another. “Next up is a World Series draw where both teams win! Losing mentality.”
“Seriously?!? ‘What are you going to tell her?’ … If you can’t have Entertainer of the Year on your own … and it has to be shared with a man, “said one fan angrily, referring to Mickey Guyton’s feminine anthem,” What are you going to tell her? “
The viewer added: “You know that right now nobody compares to @carrieunderwood!
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Another Twitter user replied saying the Academy of Country Music should be “ASHAMED”.
“They know @carrieunderwood is so lovely. I would have told them to take their award and push it,” they said.
“I’m angry. You couldn’t let a woman win alone. It’s ridiculous and so embarrassing,” said one viewer.
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“I just don’t see why they didn’t have another round of voting where people voted between Carrie and Thomas Rhett,” suggested one fan. “Imagine the Super Bowl or a World Series game that ends in a draw.”
However, there were a handful of people who were delighted that both artists were taking home the award.
“Congratulations x2 on our top favorites for EOTY, CARRIE & THOMAS !!! We love you both so much !!” raved one fan, adding a bunch of emojis.
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“Seriously, congratulations to @ThomasRhett too. He always seemed like a friendly, real guy,” said another. “@carrieunderwood and @ThomasRhett always make sure they give glory to God and tonight they both won.”
A third said the draw was “well deserved”.