2019 ACM Awards: Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Dan + Shay win big

April 7, 2019

ACM Awards

Kacey Musgraves at the 54th Annual ACM Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 7, 2019. (Photo courtesy of CBS)

The following is a press release from Dick Clark Productions and CBS:

Winners have been announced for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, which aired live on April 7, 2019, hosted by iconic entertainer and 16-time ACM Award® winner, Reba McEntire,  on the CBS Television Network from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The ACM Awards named Keith Urban as Entertainer of the Year, his first win in the category and the evening’s biggest honor. With this win, he will receive the prestigious ACM Triple Crown Award, as he previously received awards for New Male Vocalist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.

Dan + Shay won Duo of the Year as well as Song of the Year and Single of the Year for “Tequila.” In addition to the wins as an artist, Dan Smyers received two individual wins as a producer in the Single of the Year category and songwriter in the Song of the Year category.

Kacey Musgraves won Female Artist of the Year for the first time. She also won Album of the Year as both artist and producer, for Golden Hour. Musgraves previously won in the Album of the Year category in 2013 for Same Trailer Different Park. Thomas Rhett won Male Vocalist of the Year for the second time. He first won the award at the 52nd ACM Awards in 2017.

During the telecast, former ACM Artist of the Decade Award honoree George Strait presented Jason Aldean with the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award. In celebration of the honor, Aldean performed a medley of his hits including “Lights Come On,” “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson and “Dirt Road Anthem.”

Old Dominion won Group of the Year Award for the second consecutive year. During the ACM Awards red carpet, Songwriter of the Year winner Shane McAnally surprised Old Dominion on the red carpet at the PEOPLE Digital Red Carpet Pre-Show with the news of their win. Earlier in the day it was also announced Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne won Music Event of the Year for “Burning Man,” and Chris Janson won ACM Video of the Year” for “Drunk Girl.” McEntire surprised Janson with the news backstage before the show.

Luke Combs, LANCO and Ashley McBryde were also previously announced winners of the New Male Artist of the Year, New Group of the Year and New Female Artist of the Year, respectively and each performed on the show. The winners received a surprise phone call from host Carrie Underwoodlast month notifying them of the news.

Shane McAnally was announced as the winner of this year’s ACM Songwriter of the Year Award on Friday at the ACM Stories, Songs & Stars: A Songwriter’s Event Benefitting ACM Lifting Lives, which was presented to him by the event’s hosts Hillary Scott and Storme Warren, alongside reigning ACM Songwriter of the Year winner, Rhett Akins.

Country Music’s Party of the Year featured an all-star lineup of collaborations and memorable performances. The awards telecast once again featured “ACM Flashbacks” with 29-time ACM Award-winning duo Brooks & Dunn performing “Brand New Man” with Luke Combs, and the King of Country Music and 24-time ACM Award winner George Strait performing “Run” with Miranda Lambert. In addition, Lambert, the most-awarded artist in ACM Awards history with 32 wins, performed a flashback medley of her greatest hits.

Chrissy Metz, star of the upcoming movie “Breakthrough,” made her live television performance debut at the ACM Awards and was joined on stage by Lauren Alaina, Mickey Guyton, Maddie & Tae and Carrie Underwood for a special rendition of the song “I’m Standing With You” from the film’s soundtrack. The powerful performance spotlighted ACM Lifting Lives®, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.

The awards telecast also featured solo performances by Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Additional highlights included collaborations by Dierks Bentley & Brandi Carlile performing “Travelin’ Light,” Kane Brown and Khalid performing “Good as You” & “Saturday Nights,” Eric Church & Ashley McBryde performing “The Snake,” Dan + Shay & Kelly Clarkson performing “Keeping Score,” Florida Georgia Line & Jason Aldean performing “Can’t Hide Red” and Maren Morris & Brothers Osborne performing “All My Favorite People.”

Here is the complete list of winners and nominees for the 2019 ACM Awards:

*=winner

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
• Jason Aldean
• Luke Bryan
• Kenny Chesney
• Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban*

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
• Dierks Bentley
• Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett*
• Chris Stapleton
• Keith Urban

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
• Miranda Lambert
• Ashley McBryde
• Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves*
• Carrie Underwood

DUO OF THE YEAR
• Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay*
• Florida Georgia Line
• LOCASH
• Maddie & Tae

GROUP OF THE YEAR
• Lady Antebellum
• LANCO
• Little Big Town
• Midland
Old Dominion*

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
• Danielle Bradbery
• Lindsay Ell
Ashley McBryde*
• Carly Pearce

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
• Jimmie Allen
Luke Combs*
• Jordan Davis
• Michael Ray
• Mitchell Tenpenny

NEW DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
• High Valley
LANCO*
• Runaway June

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (Off-Camera Award)
• Ross Copperman
• Ashley Gorley
Shane McAnally*
• Chase McGill
• Josh Osborne

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

  • “Dan + Shay” – Dan + Shay

    • Producers: Scott Hendricks / Dan Smyers / Matt Dragstrem

    • Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

  • “Desperate Man” – Eric Church

    • Producers: Jay Joyce / Arturo Buenahora Jr.

    • Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

  • “From a Room: Volume 2” – Chris Stapleton

    • Producers: Dave Cobb / Chris Stapleton

    • Record Label: Mercury Nashville

  • “Golden Hour” – Kacey Musgraves*

    • Producers: Ian Fitchuk / Daniel Tashian / Kacey Musgraves

    • Record Label: MCA Nashville

  • “The Mountain” – Dierks Bentley

    • Producers: Ross Copperman / Jon Randall Stewart / Arturo Buenahora Jr.

    • Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

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

  • “Down to the Honky Tonk” – Jake Owen

    • Producer: Joey Moi

    • Record Label: Big Loud Records

  • “Heaven” – Kane Brown

    • Producer: Dann Huff / Polow Da Don

    • Record Label: RCA Nashville

  • “Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

    • Producer: Wilshire for Rock The Soul Ent

    • Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

  • “Most People Are Good” – Luke Bryan

    • Producers: Jeff Stevens / Jody Stevens

    • Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

  • “Tequila” – Dan + Shay*

    • Producers: Scott Hendricks / Dan Smyers

    • Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

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

  • “Break Up in the End” – Cole Swindell

    • Writers: Jessie Jo Dillon / Chase McGill / Jon Nite

    • Publishers: EMI April Music Inc. / Nite Writer Music (ASCAP) / Songs of Universal, Inc. / Plum Nelly (BMI) / Big Music Machine (BMI)/ Big Ass Pile Of Dimes Music (BMI)

  • “Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton

    • Writers: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton

    • Publishers: WB Music Corp./House of Sea Gayle Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights/Spirit Catalog Holdings, S.a.r.l. admin. by Spirit Two Nashville (ASCAP); Straight Six Music (BMI)

  • “Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

    • Writers: David Garcia, Tyler Hubbard, Joshua Miller, Bebe Rexha

    • Publishers: BMG Platinum Songs/Kiss Me If You Can Music (BMI) (all rights administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC) Big Loud Mountain (BMI) and T Hubb Publishing (BMI). All Rights Administered by Round Hill Works. Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. on behalf of itself and Songs of the Corn and Jack 10 Publishing. Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (ASCAP) D Soul Music (ASCAP) (adm. at CapitolCMGPublishing.com)

  • “Space Cowboy” – Kacey Musgraves

    • Writers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves

    • Publishers: Smack Hits/Smack Songs, admin bvy Kobalt Music Group ltd. (GMR); Universal Music Works/We Are Creative NBaSmack Hits/Smack Songs, LLC, admin. by Kobalt Music Group Ltd. (GMR); Universal Music Works/We Are Creative Nation/Jake and Mack Music, admin. by Universal Music Works; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./351 Music (BMI).

  • “Tequila” – Dan + Shay*

    • Writers: Nicolle Galyon / Jordan Reynolds / Dan Smyers

    • Publishers: Beats and Banjos (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), A Girl Named Charlie (BMI) / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) / Buckeye26 (ASCAP) / Jreynmusic (ASCAP)

  • “Yours” – Russell Dickerson

    • Writers: Casey Brown / Russell Dickerson / Parker Welling

    • Publishers: BMG Platinum Songs/Kailey’s Dream / So Essential Tunes / Not Just Another Song Publishing / Hillbilly Science and Research Publishing/Trailerlily Music

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

  • “Babe” – Sugarland featuring Taylor Swift

    • Producer: Roger Hunt

    • Director: Anthony Mandler

  • “Burn Out” – Midland

    • Producer: Ben Skipworth

    • Director: TK McKamy / Cameron Duddy

  • “Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne

    • Producer: Nate Eggert

    • Director: Wes Edwards

  • “Drunk Girl” – Chris Janson* 

    • Producer: Ben Skipworth

    • Director: Jeff Venable

  • “Shoot Me Straight” – Brothers Osborne

    • Producer: April Kimbrell

    • Director: Wes Edwards / Ryan Silver

  • “Tequila” – Dan + Shay

    • Producer: Christen Pinkston

    • Director: Patrick Tracy

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

  • “Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne*

    • Producers: Ross Copperman / Jon Randall Stewart / Arturo Buenahora Jr.

    • Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

  • “Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert

    • Producer: Michael Knox

    • Record Labels: Macon Music, LLC; Broken Bow Records; BBR Music Group; BMG

  • “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” – David Lee Murphy featuring Kenny Chesney

    • Producers: Buddy Cannon / Kenny Chesney / David Lee Murphy

    • Record Label: Reviver Records

  • “Keeping Score” – Dan + Shay featuring Kelly Clarkson

    • Producers: Scott Hendricks / Dan Smyers

    • Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

  • “Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

    • Producer: Wilshire for Rock The Soul Ent

    • Record Label: Warner Bros. Records