Morgan Wallen wins at ACM Awards; Miranda Lambert takes high prize
Morgan Wallen received album of the yr on the Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday evening for “Dangerous: The Double Album,” a yr after he was faraway from the ACMs poll after he was caught on digital camera utilizing a racial slur.
Wallen made no direct reference to the problem and his absence from latest awards exhibits as accepted the trophy at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, however might have hinted at it.
“To my son, this award will signify that his daddy was a fighter,” Wallen mentioned, ending his speech by enthusiastically thanking the followers in attendance.
Miranda Lambert took house the evening’s high prize, entertainer of the yr, for the primary time after dropping out in 5 earlier years, however was not in Las Vegas to simply accept it.
“I cannot believe I’m not there to celebrate,” Lambert mentioned in a video message from London, “it’s the first time I’ve missed the ACMs in 17 years. I’ve been waiting a long time for this”
Carly Pearce received greatest feminine artists and Chris Stapleton received greatest male artist over Wallen, who took no different awards Monday evening after being nominated for 3.
“A disco ball just fell right on me,” Parton mentioned. “I’m just hoping that nothing punctures me.”
Then got here the primary of a number of lengthy blocks of performances — together with one 35 minutes lengthy — in a ceremony that seeks to emphasise the music and a concert-like ambiance.
Parton’s co-hosts Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett celebrated the present’s return to its standard house metropolis after two years in Nashville. They sang Elvis Presley’s basic “Viva Las Vegas” and Faith Hill’s “Let’s Go to Vegas.”
They have been adopted by medleys from Eric Church and Walker Hayes, who began his efficiency deep within the stadium stands, dressed as casually as the parents within the low-cost seats as he sang his viral hit a couple of date at Applebee’s, “Fancy Like.”
Brothers Osborne broke a three-year successful streak by Dan + Shay to take greatest duo, the primary trophy handed out throughout the present.
Luke Bryan sang his ballad “Up,” then carried out his hit duet “Buy Dirt” with Jordan Davis and efficiency of his ballad “Up.” Other performers included Kane Brown, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Blanco Brown, Brooke Eden, Ashley McBryde and BRELAND.
As the present drew to a detailed, Kelly Clarkson carried out “I Will Always Love You,” first written and recorded by Parton, in tribute to the host.
“I love you Dolly Parton!” Clarkson screamed as Parton stepped out to current the entertainer of the yr award.
After studying Lambert’s identify, Parton mentioned, “I have always loved her.” She additionally mentioned she thought the late Whitney Houston, who introduced the track renewed fame within the Nineteen Nineties, would approve of Clarkson’s hovering rendition.
Brothers Osborne and Brittney Spencer closed the present with a efficiency of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walking.”
Drawn by the ACM’s status for having a enjoyable, inviting and inclusive ambiance, Amazon sought to transcend the reside sporting occasions it has beforehand aired to attach that with a big viewers of nation followers who take heed to Amazon Music.
The present tried to have a sporting look, with three levels, overhead spider cameras, continuous motion and heavy on graphics.
It was touted as commercial-free, however there have been breaks to advertise Amazon’s authentic motion pictures and tv collection.
In one second of promotional synergy, writer James Patterson launched a efficiency by Parton and Kelsea Ballerini.
Patterson and Parton co-authored a novel, “Run, Rose, Run,” that debuted on the market on Amazon on Monday. Parton and Ballerini carried out a duet from the companion album, accessible on Amazon Music, whereas Ballerini performs the position of the title character within the audiobook on Amazon’s Audible.com.