54th Academy of Country Music Awards

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54th Academy of Country Music Awards
DateApril 7, 2019
LocationMGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Hosted byReba McEntire
Most awardsDan + Shay (3)
Most nominationsChris Stapleton
Dan + Shay (6 each)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkCBS

The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 7, 2019. Nominations were announced on February 20, 2019 by Reba McEntire during CBS This Morning, with Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay leading with six nominations each.[1] McEntire returned to host the awards for the sixteenth time.[2]

Jason Aldean was presented with the ACM's rare honor "Artist of the Decade" by previous holder George Strait.[3]

Winners and Nominees[edit]

The winners are shown in Bold.[4]

Entertainer of the Year Album of the Year
Female Artist of the Year Male Artist of the Year
Group of the Year Duo of the Year
Single of the Year Song of the Year
New Female Artist of the Year New Male Artist of the Year
New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year Video of the Year
Music Event of the Year Songwriter of the Year

Performances[edit]

Performer(s) Song(s)
Florida Georgia Line
Jason Aldean
"Can't Hide Red"
Thomas Rhett "Look What God Gave Her"
Miranda Lambert Medley of Hits
"Kerosene"
"Gunpowder and Lead"
"Mama's Broken Heart"
"White Liar"
"Little Red Wagon"
Luke Bryan "Knockin' Boots"
Chris Stapleton "A Simple Song"
Ashley McBryde "Girl Going Nowhere"
Maren Morris
Brothers Osborne
"All My Favorite People"
George Strait
Miranda Lambert
"Run"
Luke Combs
Amanda Shires (on fiddle)
"Beautiful Crazy"
Dan + Shay
Kelly Clarkson
"Keeping Score"
Little Big Town "The Daughters"
Blake Shelton "God's Country"
Old Dominion "Make It Sweet"
Brooks & Dunn
Luke Combs
"Brand New Man"
Keith Urban
Charlie Worsham (on guitar)
"Burden"
Eric Church
Ashley McBryde
"The Snake"
Lanco "Rival"
Carrie Underwood "Southbound"
Kane Brown
Khalid
"Saturday Nights"
Reba McEntire "Freedom"
Jason Aldean
Kelly Clarkson
Artist of the Decade Medley
"Lights Come On"
"Don't You Wanna Stay"
"Dirt Road Anthem"
Chrissy Metz
Lauren Alaina
Maddie & Tae
Mickey Guyton
Carrie Underwood
"I'm Standing With You"
Dierks Bentley
Brandi Carlile
"Travelin' Light"
George Strait "Every Little Honky Tonk Bar"


Presenters[edit]

Reception[edit]

In its review of the event, Rolling Stone Country praised that the ACMs took the opportunity to bring seasoned musicians Amanda Shires and Charlie Worsham "into the fold" by having them appear alongside Luke Combs and Keith Urban respectively but criticised that the ACMs did not introduce either of them or even feature them on screen. Worsham, who the reviewer believed should have been nominated for his own awards, performed "mostly in the shadows" and Shires, who "helped transform [Combs' performance] with her lyrical playing" was barely seen. Rolling Stone also praised Reba McEntire's hosting and the performances by Dierks Bentley and Brandi Carlile, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert and Ashley McBryde but stated that it was "baffling" that Kacey Musgraves, who had five nominations and won the CMA Award for Album of the Year and four Grammy Awards including Best Country Album and the all-genre Album of the Year for Golden Hour, did not perform. Musgraves' win made her only the third artist (after Taylor Swift and the artists that appeared on Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?) to win the ACM, CMA and Grammy Awards for Best Country Album as well as the all-genre Grammy for Album of the Year.[5]

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