Jason Aldean took top honors Sunday night at the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcast on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
After four previous nominations, Aldean finally claimed Entertainer of the Year.
But Chris Stapleton swept many of the other prizes, including Best Male Vocalist, New Male Vocalist, Album of the Year (“Traveler”) and Song of the Year (“Nobody to Blame”).
With his six wins (as artist and producer of the top song and album), Stapleton tied the record for most ACM Awards won in a single year; that honor was previously achieved by Garth Brooks and Faith Hill.
In addition, Dolly Parton received the Tex Ritter Award to recognize the success of “Coat of Many Colors.” The legendary singer-songwriter also performed a duet on the broadcast with pop star Katy Perry.
The complete list of winners follows.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR *(Off Camera Award)
Florida Georgia Line
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Little Big Town
NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR *(Off Camera Award)
NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR *(Off Camera Award)
NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR *(Off Camera Award)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]
Traveller – Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Record Label: Mercury Records
SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]
Die a Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure
Record Label: The Valory Music Co.
SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
Nobody to Blame – Chris Stapleton
Songwriters: Chris Stapleton, Barry Bales, Ronnie Bowman
Publishers: House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), WB Music Corp (ASCAP), Quackhead Music (BMI), RayLynn Publishing (BMI)
VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award)
Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church
Directors: Reid Long, John Peets
Producer: Megan Smith
VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]*(Off Camera Award)
Smokin’ and Drinkin’ – Miranda Lambert Featuring Little Big Town
Producers: Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, Glenn Worf
Record Label: RCA Nashville