Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood share top honors at 2020 ACM Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood shared Entertainer of the Year honors at the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday night.

For the first time, the awards ceremony was held in Nashville, Tennessee. The 2020 version, originally scheduled in April, was delayed until Wednesday night because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 55th annual awards ceremony was held at the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Keith Urban took the stage as a first-time host.


Entertainer of the Year: Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood (tie)

Male Artist of the Year: Luke Combs

Female Artist of the Year: Maren Morris

Group of the Year: Old Dominion

Album of the Year: “What You See Is What You Get” – Luke Combs

Single of the Year: “God’s Country” – Blake Shelton

Duo of the Year: Dan + Shay

Song of the Year: “One Man Band” – Old Dominion

New Female Artist of the Year: Tenille Townes

New Male Artist of the Year: Riley Green

Video of the Year: “Remember You Young” – Thomas Rhett

Songwriter of the Year: Hillary Lindsey, “Fooled Around and Fell in Love"

Here are the latest updates:

Update 10:59 p.m. EDT Sept. 16: Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood finished in a tie for Entertainer of the Year.

Update 10:45 p.m. EDT Sept.16: Maren Morris was named Female Artist of the Year.

Update 10:38 p.m. EDT Sept. 16: Luke Combs picked up his second straight award when he was named male artist of the year.

Update 10:06 p.m. EDT Sept. 16: Luke Combs won Album of the Year honors for “What You See Is What You Get."

Update 9:48 p.m. EDT Sept. 16: Blake Shelton won Single of the Year with “God’s Country.”

Update 8:50 p.m. EDT Sept. 16: Old Dominion picked up its second award of the night, winning Group of the Year honors.

Update 8:29 p.m. EDT Sept. 16: “One Man Band,” by Old Dominion, won Song of the Year honors.

Update 8:20 p.m. EDT Sept. 16: In the first live award of the evening, Dan + Shay won Duo of the Year honors.

Original report: The ceremonies had been held the last three years in Las Vegas and was hosted the last two years by Reba McEntire.

Several winners were announced ahead of Wednesday’s broadcast on CBS, Rolling Stone reported. In mid-August, Urban told Tennille Townes and Riley Green during a Zoom meeting that they won the New Female Artist and New Male Artist awards, the magazine reported.

On Monday, Thomas Rhett won the Video of the Year category for “Remember You Young,” while Hillary Lindsey won her first Songwriter of the Year award. The Music Event of the Year award went to Miranda Lambert, who covered Elvin Bishop’s 1975 hit, “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” with Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Caylee Hammack, Tenille Townes, and Elle King.

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