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Emotional night at 1st Academy of Country Music Awards since Vegas shooting

Emotional night at 1st Academy of Country Music Awards since Vegas shooting
From CBC - April 16, 2018

The 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards marked a memorable night for the victims of the deadly Las Vegas shooting, comeback queen Carrie Underwood, and triple winners Chris Stapleton and Miranda Lambert.

For the third consecutive time, Jason Aldeanon Sunday was named entertainer of the year.At this year'sawards show at theMGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, he alsopaid tribute to the 58 people who died at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in the Nevada city, where he performedlast October.

"It's been a rough year," Aldean said, thanking those who "showed us love and support over the last six months."

The ACMs brought the country music community back to Vegas six months after the deadly tragedy. Aldean was onstage when the shooting occurred.

"You guys are in our hearts always," Aldean said. "We love Las Vegas. Vegas strong."

Though Aldean beat out Stapleton for the top honour, Stapleton's Sunday was met with many high points: His wife, Morgane, gave birth to twin boys,he celebrated his 40th birthdayand the leading nominee, who did not attend the show, won male vocalist of the year and album of the year, where he won twice as a singer and producer.

Underwood also had a big night, returning to the stage like an A-List veteran in her first television appearance since injuring her face and wrist last year due to a fall at her home. Her powerhouse vocals shined when she performed her new song, Cry Pretty, earning a rousingand longstanding ovation.

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Immediately following the performance, she won vocal event of the year for the dance-infused country songThe Fighter, with Keith Urban.

"I am still kind of shaking right now," she added, appearing teary-eyed.

"Seeing her stand up there and be so beautiful, she's one of the greatest singers of all-time in any genre of music," Lambert said backstage of Underwood. "I am just proud of her and I know how strong she is and how hard she's worked."

But Lambert's hard work also paid off: She made history when she surpassed Brooks and Dunn as the most decorated act in ACM history with 32 wins on Sunday. Lambert won her ninth consecutive female vocalist of the year trophy and won twice for song of the yearas the performer and co-writer of Tin Man.

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