Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood Tie For ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year Title

Well, we did not see this one coming! Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood tied for the ACM Awards’ top honor…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 16, 2020


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Thomas Rhett And Carrie Underwood; Photo by Brent Harrington/CBS

Well, we did not see this one coming! Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood tied for the ACM Awards’ top honor of Entertainer of the Year.

It appears that this is a first in ACM Awards history.

Rhett took to the Grand Ole Opry House stage to accept the honor.

“Thank you to the Lord Jesus Christ,” he began, and went on to thank his wife and daughters for their support.

When Rhett left the stage, Underwood appeared with a giant smile on her face.

“Thank you, God so much. All Glory, Glory to God,” she gushed.

Appearing emotional, Underwood thanked her team and fans for their support.

“I am more than happy to share this with Thomas Rhett,” she said.

The Oklahoma native also gave a shout out to the other nominees Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Luke Combs.

The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards 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.

15-time ACM Award-winner Keith 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 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.