Chris Stapleton Named ACM Male Artist of the Year: ‘This Is A Dream’

Congratulations to the ACM Awards Male Artist of the Year, Chris Stapleton! The “Starting Over” singer was presented with the…


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March 7, 2022


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Congratulations to the ACM Awards Male Artist of the Year, Chris Stapleton!

The “Starting Over” singer was presented with the Male Artist of the Year trophy at Allegiant Stadium during the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday evening (March 7). This marks his third overall win in the category. 

The country hitmaker took to the stage to accept the award.

“Thank you so much. I want to say thank you, first of all, to my wife, Morgane Stapleton. She’s my rock and everything I do is because of her,” Stapleton said. ”I’ve got my kids with me tonight. Wayland, he’s thirteen today, it’s his birthday – happy birthday- and my daughter, Ada.”

He went on to thank his team, fans and share a humble speech.

“This is a dream – not every man will get to live this – everybody that is in these seats and all the fans are here – it’s great, it really is,” Stapleton added. “And I’m evidence that, you know, dreams come true all the time, so thank you. Thank you to everybody. And, you know, to all the guys in this category – there’s a wonderful field of guys, any one of them deserve this award – and that’s the truth. I’m so thankful to be a part of this community. Thank you very much.”


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The other artists nominated for Male Artist of the Year were Jimmie Allen, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, and Morgan Wallen.

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards aired on Monday, March 7, exclusively on Prime Video at 8/7c. 

Co-hosted by global icon Dolly Parton with Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett, the two-hour show livestreamed without commercials and featured 20+ performances from some of country music’s hottest superstars and rising newcomers.

Morgane Stapleton, Chris Stapleton; Photo by Getty Images for ACM
Morgane Stapleton, Chris Stapleton; Photo by Getty Images for ACM

The performance lineup included Parker McCollum and Lainey Wilson, who were crowned this year’s New Male and New Female Artist of the Year, respectively as well as Barrett, Allen, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Walker Hayes, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Lady A and Kelly Clarkson.

“The concert event of the year” also included several collaborations, including Parton featuring Kelsea Ballerini (“Big Dreams & Faded Jeans”), BRELAND featuring Thomas Rhett (“Praise The Lord”), Jordan Davis (“Buy Dirt,” feat. Luke Bryan), Brothers Osborne and Brittney Spencer (“These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”), Parmalee and Blanco Brown featuring Brooke Eden (“Just the Way”), Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (“Never Wanted to Be That Girl”), and Chris Young featuring Mitchell Tenpenny (“At the End of a Bar”).

The 2022 ACM Awards presenters included Alan Ritchson (actor, Reacher), Derek Carr (quarterback, Las Vegas Raiders), Guy Torry (comedian, Phat Tuesdays), James Patterson (author, Run Rose Run), Jason Aldean, Kelsey Asbille (actor, Yellowstone), Luke Grimes (actor, Yellowstone), Mickey Guyton, and Tom Pelphrey (actor, Outer Range).

The ACM Awards made history as the first major awards show to livestream exclusively as it streamed live on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.