Lainey Wilson triumphs at Academy of Nation Music Awards : NPR

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Lainey Wilson performs “Grease” on the 58th annual Academy of Nation Music Awards on Thursday, Could 11, 2023, on the Ford Middle in Frisco, Texas.

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Lainey Wilson performs “Grease” on the 58th annual Academy of Nation Music Awards on Thursday, Could 11, 2023, on the Ford Middle in Frisco, Texas.

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FRISCO, Texas — Lainey Wilson was seemingly all over the place on the Academy of Nation Music Awards, accumulating 4 trophies on an evening that noticed Chris Stapleton win the entertainer of the 12 months honor.

Wilson carried out twice Thursday –- back-to-back –- and delivered heartfelt speeches after her wins, which put her subsequent to fellow winners and nation music legends.

She gained album of the 12 months for Bell Backside Nation, accepting the consideration barely breathless after performing her music “Grease.”

Wilson referred to as the album a “labor of affection” and stated she wrote 300 songs in the course of the pandemic. She stated folks typically inform her how a lot the album means to their lives, and he or she stated writing them “saved mine.”

When she gained feminine artist of the 12 months, co-host Dolly Parton handed her the trophy. “I am unable to consider I simply met Dolly Parton, to start with,” Wilson stated.

She gave credit score to the feminine artists who preceded her and the sacrifices she knew they’d all made: “I am up right here due to y’all. Due to folks like Dolly Parton, paving the way in which.”

“For the little ladies watching this, this stands for arduous work,” Wilson stated, referencing her trophy. “If you are going to be a dreamer, you higher be a do-er.”

Stapleton owned the stage on the finish of the evening, successful the ACMs’ high honor.

Hosts Garth Brooks, left, and Dolly Parton converse on stage with a goat on the 58th annual Academy of Nation Music Awards on Thursday, Could 11, 2023, on the Ford Middle in Frisco, Texas.

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Hosts Garth Brooks, left, and Dolly Parton converse on stage with a goat on the 58th annual Academy of Nation Music Awards on Thursday, Could 11, 2023, on the Ford Middle in Frisco, Texas.

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“I’m shocked, really,” Stapleton stated. “By any possible metric, I do not deserve this. … I’ve by no means considered myself as any person who would win this award.”

He devoted the award to his youngsters at residence, saying they sacrifice plenty of time with him and his spouse due to his profession.

Breathless moments weren’t unusual in the course of the performance-heavy present. Cole Swindell gained the evening’s first award, music of the 12 months, for “She Had Me at Heads Carolina.” He had simply carried out the music with Jo Dee Messina.

Swindell later gained single of the 12 months for a similar music. “Thanks nation music followers, that is all I’ve ever been,” he stated. “I do not know what I ever did to get this lucky.”

Singer-songwriter HARDY entered the present because the main nominee and picked up 4 awards. “Wait within the Truck,” his duet with Wilson, who was the second-leading nominee, gained the music occasion award.

“Thanks Lainey, you completely killed it,” HARDY stated. He credited her with making folks consider within the music, which references home violence and searching for revenge.

“This was a music about actual life,” Wilson stated. “I did not need folks to narrate to this music, however plenty of them do.”

Previous Dominion frontman Matthew Ramsey used the band’s win for group of the 12 months to handle current divisiveness and gun violence. He referenced the social gathering environment of the present however stated he additionally acknowledged that “there are folks clearly hurting on this planet proper now attempting to determine tips on how to make sense of the divisiveness and shootings and issues like that.”

Ramsey continued: “We’re most proud to have the ability to make music for those that are hurting proper now. So thanks for together with us within the social gathering and permitting us to make music for whoever wants it.”

Garth Brooks and Parton hosted the two-hour awards present, streamed dwell on Amazon Prime from the Ford Middle on the Star in Frisco.

The straightforward banter between Brooks, in his first internet hosting gig, and Parton carried the present’s early moments. Parton closed out the present with a efficiency of a music from her upcoming rock album.

A later routine concerned the pair video conferencing with Willie Nelson to want him completely satisfied birthday. The nation legend not too long ago turned 90, and the ACMs honored him with a efficiency of Nelson’s hit with Waylon Jennings, “Mammas Do not Let Your Infants Develop As much as be Cowboys” by Cody Johnson.

The present opened with Keith City performing, fittingly given the situation of the present, his music “Texas Time.”

Texas references and celebrities ran all through the present. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Corridor of Famer Emmitt Smith introduced the primary award.

HARDY was additionally a nominee as a songwriter for Morgan Wallen’s Sand in my Boots. The nation famous person did not carry out as deliberate because of a vocal twine harm that is halted his tour and was not in attendance when he gained finest male artist. Brooks took off his hat to honor Wallen, saying lacking out on the present “should be killing him.”

Hailey Whitters and Zach Bryan have gained finest new artist honors.

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