Country Fest 2018 Performers Represent ACMs
Country Fest 2018 performers were well-represented at last night’s Academy of Country Music Awards, held in Las Vegas. In case you missed it, here’s the recap you need, including performances, nominations and winners throughout the ACMs.
The evening began with a meaningful tribute from Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett, to the victims of the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting in October.
Aldean, who was performing the festival at the time of the attack, was first to speak. “We thought about starting with a song, but it’s a lot bigger than a single song. It’s everything you’ll hear tonight. The songs that bring us to our feet, make you want to bring someone close, or just live in the moment.”
The ACMs celebrated the year 1993 with popular ‘90s hits like Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee,” Toby Keith’s “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” and the award show’s host Reba McEntire’s “Does He Love You.”
Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina shared the award show’s stage, performed their No. 1 hit “What Ifs.” Both artists will be performing Country Fest this June, Brown performing on Main Stage Thursday, June 21, and Alaina headlining the Crossroads stage on Saturday night, June 23.
Country Fest 2017 performers Thomas Rhett and Blake Shelton performed mellow singles “Marry Me” and “I Lived It,” respectfully, to round out the evening’s energy.
The Nominations and Winners
Aldean, whose new album Rearview Town was released last week, had have a big night as a performer, nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year, and winning Entertainer of the Year.
“It’s been a rough year,” Aldean delivered his acceptance speech, getting choked up as he nodded to those affected by Route 91, calling them his people.
Chris Stapleton (Country Fest 2017) won Male Vocalist of the Year, beating out nominees Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, and Country Fest 2017 performers Thomas Rhett and Chris Young.
Brothers Osborne won both Video of the Year with “Ain’t My Fault” and Vocal Duo of the Year at the ACM Awards. Fest attendees will remember their fan-interactive performance at last year’s Country Fest, when they invited a young fan up on stage with them.
We already knew that Lauren Alaina won New Female Vocalist of the Year from Reba McEntire’s phone call that went viral, but even she didn’t see the presentation coming, as Jon Pardi interrupted Alaina’s Social Media Correspond duties to present her with the trophy.
Nominations for New Male Vocalist of the Year was filled with Country Fest 2018 performers: Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Devin Dawson and Russell Dickerson, but the award went to Brett Young.
ACM Award Nominees and Winners
(Bold denotes Country Fest 2018 Performers).
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean — winner
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Miranda Lambert — winner
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Chris Stapleton — winner
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Brothers Osborne — winner
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Little Big Town
Old Dominion — winner
NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Lauren Alaina — winner
NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Brett Young — winner
NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Midland — winner
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“The Breaker” Little Big Town
“California Sunrise” Jon Pardi
“From A Room Vol. 1” Chris Stapleton — winner
“Happy Endings” Old Dominion
“Life Changes” Thomas Rhett
SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR
“Better Man” Little Big Town
“Body Like a Back Road” Sam Hunt — winner
“Broken Halos” Chris Stapleton
“Drinkin’ Problem” Midland
“I’ll Name The Dogs” Blake Shelton
SONG OF THE YEAR
“Body Like a Back Road” Sam Hunt (written by Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
“Female” Keith Urban (written by Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally)
“Tin Man” Miranda Lambert (written by Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, Jon Randall) — winner
“Whiskey and You” Chris Stapleton (written by Chris Stapleton, Lee Thomas Miller)
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“Black” Dierks Bentley
“It Ain’t My Fault” Brothers Osborne — winner
“Legends” Kelsea Ballerini
“Marry Me” Thomas Rhett
“We Should Be Friends” Miranda Lambert
VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
“Craving You” Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris
“Dear Hate” Maren Morris feat. Vince Gill
“The Fighter” Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood — winner
“What Ifs” Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina
“Funny (How Time Slips Away)” Glen Campbell and Willie Nelson
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Rhett Akins — winner