Last year’s Entertainer of the Year is the same as this year’s Entertainer of the Year after Jason Aldean won the award again Sunday during the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards from Las Vegas.
The show, hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, produced a plethora of performances, perhaps none more stunning that the pairing of Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys on “God, Your Mama and Me” and “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).”
Carrie Underwood sang “Church Bells,” then gave the spotlight Keith Urban, who performed “Wasted Time.” Urban later took the stage to perform “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” transitioning to “The Fighter,” with Underwood.
Bryan, Bentley and Joe Walsh of the Eagles paid tribute to Chuck Berry with “Johnny B. Goode.”
David Copperfield and TV host Nancy O’Dell presented the award for Song of the Year, but first announced the award went to Emma Stone for “La La Land.” The true winner was Thomas Rhett for “Die a Happy Man.”
Miranda Lambert performed a simplified version of “Tin Man” while Rascal Flatts sang “Yours if You Want It.”
The Vocal Group of the Year award went to Little Big Town and New Vocal Group of The Year went to Brothers Osborne.
The Album of the Year award went to Miranda Lambert for “Weight of these Wings.”
Faith Hill and her husband, Tim McGraw, performed “Speak to a Girl.”
Male Vocalist of the Year went to Thomas Rhett and Female Vocalist of the Year was awarded to Miranda Lambert, who has won the most female vocalist of the year awards in ACM history.
Joe Walsh returned to the stage to present Entertainer of the Year, which went to Jason Aldean.