The 57th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs) aired on Sunday, April 24th, and it was a night to remember. The show was broadcast live from Nashville, Tennessee, and featured some of the biggest names in country music. However, it was a surprise guest that stole the show: Ed Sheeran.
Sheeran took the stage with Luke Combs to perform their duet, “Forever After All.” The performance was a highlight of the night, with fans and critics alike raving about the two singers’ voices blending perfectly.
But the night wasn’t just about performances. The ACMs also handed out awards in a variety of categories, and some of country music’s brightest stars took home top honors. Lainey Wilson won the New Female Artist of the Year award, while Hardy won the New Male Artist of the Year award.
Chris Stapleton continued his dominance of the country music world, winning the Album of the Year award for his record “Starting Over.” Stapleton also took home the Song of the Year award for “Starting Over” and the Male Artist of the Year award.
Other winners included Carly Pearce and Lee Brice, who won the Single of the Year award for “I Hope You’re Happy Now.” The duo also performed the song during the show, which was a standout moment.
But perhaps the biggest winner of the night was the city of Nashville itself. The ACMs were the first major awards show to be held in Music City since the pandemic began, and it was a much-needed boost for the city’s tourism industry.
Overall, the 57th ACM Awards was a night to remember for country music fans. With great performances, well-deserved awards, and a celebration of Nashville’s resilience, the show proved that country music is still going strong.