Luke Bryan was crowned Entertainer of the Year, the ACM Awards’ top honor.
The superstar was unable to attend the show and accepted the honor via Zoom from California, where he was on-hand filming American Idol.
Ahead of the show, the superstar opened up about his nomination, admitting it was a “dream” to be included in the category.
“Being nominated for ACM Entertainer of the Year is just, it’s just amazing. I mean, I look back over my career and I’ve won a couple of Entertainer awards and every time you see your name a part of that group of people, you’re just honored by it,” he said. “I’ll tell you what, I go on stage every night trying to be the best entertainer I can be and try to get everybody in the crowd, in the room sing and love one another and have fun So, any time the ACMs recognizes me for that, it’s a dream come true.”
“To all the fans and everybody, we’ll be back.”@LukeBryanOnline takes home Entertainer of the Year at #ACMawards and he can’t wait to get back out there to keep entertaining us. pic.twitter.com/BpRFCl516D
— CBS (@CBS) April 19, 2021
Other nominees in the category included Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton and Luke Combs.
The 56th ACM Awards featured performances from Brothers Osborne, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Lady A, Ashley McBryde, Keith Urban, Gabby Barrett, Jimmie Allen, Little Big Town and more.
Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations by Dierks Bentley feat. The War And Treaty, Miranda Lambert with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd, Chris Young feat. Kane Brown, Carly Pearce and Lee Brice, as well as Carrie Underwood & CeCe Winans. The show opener featured the live debut of Elle King and Miranda Lambert’s duet, “Drunk (And I Don’t Want To Go Home).”
Co-hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, the 2021 ACM Awards took place in Music City for the second consecutive year. The three-hour awards show took place at three iconic Nashville venues, including Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. The awards show aired on Sunday, April 18 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET) on CBS Television Network and were also streamed live on CBS All Access.