Maren Morris Takes Home Female Artist Of The Year At 2020 ACM Awards

Maren Morris was crowned ACM Female Artist of the Year on Wednesday (Sept. 16) during the 55th Academy of Country…

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Lauren Jo Black

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September 16, 2020

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Maren Morris was crowned ACM Female Artist of the Year on Wednesday (Sept. 16) during the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards.

This is her first win in the coveted category.

“This is an award that I never thought that I would get to win,” she admitted.

Morris thanked her husband and son as well as her team and the fans before admitting she had to use the restroom.

“Oh my God, I have to pee! Thank you so much, I am never going to forget this. Thank you to Sony. Thank you to my team. Janet at Red Light. Thank you, CAA. Ah, this is so crazy — thank you, country music! And vote!”

Also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year was Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood.

The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards also featured performances from Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Keith featuring P!nk, Florida Georgia Line, Riley Green, Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi, Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, Tenille Townes, Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen and Trisha Yearwood.

The 2020 ACM Awards took place in Music City for the first time ever. The three-hour show broadcasted from three iconic venues: Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe.

The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year and 15-time ACM Award-winner, Urban also hosted the star-studded event, which broadcasted on Wednesday, September 16 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on CBS Television Network, and streamed live and on-demand on CBS All Access.

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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.