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The 57th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards are well underway. Taking place at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, the show has been exclusively streamed on Amazon Prime Video, and is being hosted by Dolly Parton, along with co-hosts Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett.
Many awards are given out, with the most coveted being Entertainer of the Year. But, Album of the Year is up there, too!
This year, the nominees for Album of the Year are as follows:
29: Written in Stone – Carly Pearce
Country Again: Side A – Thomas Rhett
Dangerous: The Double Album – Morgan Wallen
Famous Friends – Chris Young
The Marfa Tapes – Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr presented the award for Album Of The Year. Carr is a fitting presenter this year, especially since the show is taking place at the Raiders’ stadium!
The envelope was ripped open and Morgan Wallen would take home the award.
For the past year, Wallen was pretty much locked out of the awards shows because of a racial slur he said on tape in early 2021. Many radio stations stopped playing his music, he was dropped from his record label, and many other repercussions took place. Much to fans’ surprise, Wallen was included on the ballot for the 2022 ACM Awards. He had three nominations – “Song of the Year” for “7 Summers,” Male Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year for his double album Dangerous, which was released just a couple weeks before his controversy.
While this win might be a surprise to most, the numbers back it up. As of Monday, March 7, Dangerous has officially spent the most weeks in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart of any country album with 59 weeks.
Reading off his phone, Wallen said that he started writing and recording the album when he was just a kid, but by the time he released it, he was a father. He dedicated his win to his son, Indigo Wilder Wallen. He also thanked Jesus Christ, his family and friends, and more.
See his speech below.