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It’s his second award, following 2013’s win.
Luke Bryan won entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
The Academy of Country Music Awards kicked off Sunday night paying tribute to veteran Merle Haggard, while George Strait sang “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” — appropriate for the awards show celebrating its 50th anniversary in a new location, the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Miranda Lambert is one of the few women nominated at the Academy of Country Music Awards this year, so she says the ladies of country music need to help one another.
In advance of the 50th ACM Awards this Sunday, Radio.com has compiled a who’s who of nominated country artists to help you follow along.
Alabama and Loretta Lynn also scored pre-telecast awards.
“Looking back, it’s truly an amazing year for me,” Bryan says.
“I walked up onto my tour bus that same night and played it for my bus driver and the band. I think it floored them too. We were blessed to get our hands on that one.”