58th Annual ACM Awards Are In The Books – JJ

58th Annual ACM Awards Are In The Books – JJ

58th Annual ACM Awards Are In The Books – JJ




What a show last night!! If you don’t know after last night, Lainey Wilson is a bonefide SUPERSTAR!!  Dolly and Garth made a great team (along with Claire the goat), and the performances did not disappoint.  Let’s get to it.




FRISCO, TX —May 11, 2023—Winners have been announced for the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards. Hosted by global superstars Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks, the two-hour commercial-free concert event streamed live for an international audience across 240+ countries and territories exclusively on Prime Video and the Amazon Music channel on Twitch, from the world headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.


The Academy’s highest honor, Entertainer of the Year, was awarded to Chris Stapleton. Lainey Wilson and HARDY led the night in total wins with four awards apiece, followed by Cole Swindell with three wins. The show celebrated country music’s biggest stars and emerging talent and featured 18 show-stopping performances from 25 artists, along with exclusive collaborations and unexpected moments that captivated fans worldwide.


Here are some Red Carpet highligts




Jason and Wife Brittany didn’t know who they were wearing




Garth, as expected GUSHED over his queen, Trisha







Winner Highlights of the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards:

  • This is Chris Stapleton’s first win for ACM Entertainer of the Year, and his win qualifies him for the coveted ACM Triple Crown Award, celebrating artists who have won New Female/Male Artist of the Year, Female/Male Artist of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year. His win tonight brings his total ACM Awards count to 15.


  • This marks Lainey Wilson’s first wins for ACM Female Artist of the Year, ACM Album of the Year, ACM Music Event of the Year, and ACM Visual Media of the Year. Her four wins tonight tie her for the most-awarded artist of the evening and bring her total ACM Awards count to seven.


  • After being named ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Year and a winner for ACM Visual Media of the Year in pre-televised categories, HARDY took home an additional two ACM Awards during the show for ACM Music Event of the Year, where he won both as an artist and a producer for “wait in the truck.” That ties him with Lainey Wilson for the most-awarded artist of the evening and brings HARDY’s total ACM Award count to five.


Following is the full list of winners in the 14 categories voted on by Academy members:




  • Chris Stapleton




  • Lainey Wilson





  • Morgan Wallen




  • Brothers Osborne




  • Old Dominion




  • Hailey Whitters





  • Zach Bryan



ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • Bell Bottom Country – Lainey Wilson

Producer: Jay Joyce

Record Company-Label: Broken Bow Records



SINGLE OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • She Had Me At Heads Carolina – Cole Swindell

Producer: Zach Crowell

Record Company-Label: Warner Music Nashville



SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

  • She Had Me At Heads Carolina – Cole Swindell

Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Cole Swindell, Jesse Frasure, Mark D. Sanders, Thomas Rhett, Tim Nichols

Publishers: Ashley Gorley Publishing Designee; Be A Light Publishing; Colden Rainey Music; EMI Blackwood Music Inc; Songs Of Roc Nation Music; Sony Tree Publishing; Telemitry Rhythm House Music; Universal Music Corp; WC Music Corp; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp




VISUAL MEDIA OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

  • wait in the truck – HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson

Producer: Inkwell Productions

Director: Justin Clough




  • Ashley Gorley






MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • wait in the truck – HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson

Producers: Derek Wells, HARDY, Joey Moi, Jordan Schmidt

Record Company-Label: Big Loud Records



And WOW, those performance highlights!!


  • In honor of the ACM Awards’ return to Texas, Keith Urban opened the show with an electrifying performance of his song “Texas Time” that included him being raised into the air on a platform while shredding a guitar solo.



  • Cole Swindell and Jo Dee Messina moved the sold-out crowd to enthusiastically sing along to their hit  “She Had Me At Heads Carolina – REMIX” with karaoke lyrics displayed throughout the Ford Center encouraging the audience to join in.



  • Kane Brown sang “Bury Me In Georgia” in a powerful full-band performance that showed the audience why he earned his first-ever ACM Entertainer of the Year nomination this year.



  • Last year’s ACM Female Artist of the Year winner Carly Pearce and Trisha Yearwood performed a special medley of Yearwood’s hits including “Wrong Side Of Memphis,” “XXX’s And OOO’s,” and “She’s In Love With The Boy,” in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Yearwood winning Female Artist of the Year.



  • HARDY rocked the ACM Awards stage with a head-banging performance of his latest single, “Truck Bed.”



  • Cody Johnson performed “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” in a tribute to Willie Nelson, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Nelson also surprised attendees with a special, cheeky Facetime moment with Dolly and Garth, where he thanked the two hosts for special birthday gifts.



  • Miranda Lambert performed “Carousel,” a song she described as one of her favorite songs she has ever written. She announced on social media that she’d be releasing the live version of the song on Amazon Music on May 16.



  • New Female Artist of the Year winner Hailey Whitters made her ACM Awards stage debut decked out in pink with a performance of her fan-favorite song, “Everything She Ain’t.”



  • Luke Combs gave a heartfelt performance of his current radio single, “Love You Anyway.”



  • Global superstar Ed Sheeran performed “Life Goes On” from his newly-released album “-” (Subtract) and surprised the crowd when he brought Luke Combs back to the stage to join him in a moment that immediately became a fan-favorite across social media.



  • The War And Treaty captivated the audience with an incredibly powerful, stripped-back performance of their song “Blank Page.”



  • Reigning ACM Artist of the Decade Jason Aldean rocked the stage with the epic TV debut of his newly released song “Tough Crowd” which had the audience on their feet.



  • Ashley McBryde, along with an all-star ensemble featuring Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack, Pillbox Patti, and John Osborne, delivered a stunning and empowering performance of the critically-acclaimed “Bonfire at Tina’s” from McBryde’s ACM Award-nominated album Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville.



  • Jelly Roll and Lainey Wilson performed “Save Me” in a touching moment highlighting Academy philanthropic partner ACM Lifting Lives that brought the two together for an emotional embrace at the end.



  • Lainey Wilson electrified the stage with her showstopping performance of “Grease,” complete with pyrotechnics and sizzling choreography in the background, marking its TV debut.



  • Bailey Zimmerman, the next Breakthrough Artist from Amazon Music, performed his hit single “Rock And A Hard Place” in a stirring performance.



  • Jordan Davis touched the crowd with his intimate performance of his latest hit, “Next Thing You Know.”



  • As promised, ACM Awards host Dolly Parton delivered one of her biggest performances to date with the world premiere of “World On Fire,” the lead single from her highly anticipated forthcoming rock album Rockstar, featuring over-the-top production, pyrotechnics, backup dancers, and confetti.



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