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The biggest moment of the night finally arrived and it did not disappoint!
Trisha Yearwood, whose husband Garth Brooks served as co-host of the night, was on hand to give out the Entertainer of the Year Award!
Among the prestigious categories of awards the ACMs hand out, the ACM Entertainer of the Year stands out as the pinnacle of recognition, celebrating the artists who have not only captivated audiences with their music but also demonstrated unparalleled showmanship and charisma on stage.
The ACM Entertainer of the Year award represents a true embodiment of what it means to be a complete performer. This coveted accolade recognizes artists who have consistently pushed boundaries, delivered unforgettable live performances, and left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans. It acknowledges their ability to engage with the audience, create magical moments, and elevate the concert experience to new heights.
Winning the ACM Entertainer of the Year award is a testament to an artist’s talent, dedication, and impact on the country music industry. It signifies their ability to transcend genres, connect with diverse audiences, and leave an enduring legacy. This honor is often seen as a career-defining moment, catapulting artists to new levels of success and opening doors to even greater opportunities.
The nominees for 2023’s Entertainer of the Year Award are as follows:
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Lambert is the reigning EOTY, while Underwood has taken home the prize in 2009, 2010, and 2020. Aldean won the award in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Combs, Brown, and Stapleton have never taken home top prize at the ACMs, though Combs has won EOTY at the CMA Awards twice.
And the winner is…
He seemed as shocked as anyone to hear his name alongside Entertainer of the Year! Stapleton was truly humbled to take home the top prize and thanked everyone who had gotten him to this spot. He emotionally dedicated the award to his five children he shares with his wife Morgane, who sings with him.
“My kids sittin’ at home. They give up a lot of my time. A lot of my wife’s time. So we can do this. And this is for them,” he said with a quivering voice.
Watch his acceptance speech below.