Miranda Lambert Makes History With First-Ever ACM Entertainer of the Year Win
“Thank you so much to the country music family,” she shared.
Miranda Lambert; Photo Courtesy ACM Awards
Miranda Lambert took home the ACM Awards’ highest honor – ACM Entertainer of the Year – during the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday evening (March 7).
The “If I Was A Cowboy” singer received the Entertainer of the Year trophy at the conclusion of the ACM Awards livestream and accepted the honor virtually from C2C Festival in Europe.
This marks her first-ever win the category. This marks her first-ever win the category and her 37th career ACM Awards win. Lambert continues her reign as the most-celebrated artist in ACM history.
“I cannot believe I’m not there to celebrate – I’m in London, I have shows this week,” Lambert said, wearing a Fleetwood Mac t-shirt. ”It’s my first time to miss ACMs in seventeen years, so my heart is a little broken but I’m happy to be where I am.”
The country superstar went on to admit that she’s “been waiting for this for a really, really long time” and “actually never thought it would happen.”
“Thank you so much to the country music family for embracing me all these years and continuing to support me and the Academy for everything and my manager Marion Kraft,” Lambert continued.
The Texas native dedicated the coveted award to all the “the singer/songwriter girls out there that are putting their blood, sweat, and tears into their guitar strings – we did it. This is for us. Thank y’all so much, see you Nashville!”
Eric Church, Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood were also nominated in the ACM Entertainer of the Year category.
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.
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.
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“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.
Lauren Jo Black
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.