(CBS) – The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards are in books and they’ve been a show for the ages! The 2021 edition of the ACMs, co-hosted by country superstars Mickey Guyton and Keith Urban, featured some of the biggest names in music, including Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Kane Brown. Even the show’s co-hosts took the stage for musical performances. The 56th ACMs were broadcast by the legendary Ryman Auditorium, Bluebird Cafe and Grand Ole Opry and featured over 30 artists in total.
When the dust settled, Luke Bryan took home the prestigious Entertainer of the Year Award, with Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett receiving the Female and Male Artist of the Year award. Morris will leave this year’s awards with both hands full, as it was also named “Song of the Year” for “The Bones”. Chris Stapleton and his unique vocals were awarded “Album of the Year” for “Starting Over”.
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This year’s ceremony marked the 23rd straight year that CBS was home to country music’s biggest night and also the first year the show was streamed live on Paramount +. Check out the best moments from the show below and be sure to sign up again for the 57th ACM Awards next year.
Mickey Guyton brings down the house
Jimmy Allen and Brad Paisley wear a tune
Elle King and Miranda Lambert arrive in style at the Grand Ole Opry
Luke combs serenades with “Forever After All”
“The Chief” rocks the ACM stage
Carrie Underwood and CeCe Winans play “Amazing Grace”
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Dierks Bentley is wrestling with the war and the contract
Lady A takes it outside
Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton co-host
Maren Morris duets with husband Ryan Hurd
Thomas Rhett shows why he’s the male artist of the year
Carly Pearce and Lee Brice make everyone at home “happy now”
Kelse and Kenny Collab
Small big city puts it on the streets
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Chris Stapleton is taking home the album of the year