Country stars shine in Vegas at Academy of Country Music awards

Country stars shine in Vegas at Academy of Country Music awards

Country stars shine in Vegas at Academy of Country Music awards

Nicole Kidman, left, and Keith Urban arrive at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas.

Singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves has swept every awards ceremony since her album Golden Hour was released past year, and she just added another trophy to her stack.

Other A-list country stars performing included Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, McEntire and George Strait.

Before the show, McEntire said it was disappointing that a female act in't in contention for entertainer of the year at the ACMs. "It'll work out", said Musgraves, who won four Grammys earlier this year, including album of the year and best country album.

Musgraves is the sole female artist in the album of the year category at the ACM Awards.

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No women were nominated for the top ACM honour.

Urban, 51, took home the night's most coveted prize, entertainer of the year, after having been nominated nine previous times since 2005 - a year before he and Kidman married.

Lambert told The Tennessean the performance is a reminder of how far she's come and what the songs mean to her. Showing support and unity for each other celebrities such as Lauren Alaina and Mickey Guyton as well as Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye of Maddie & Tae donned royal-blue ensembles.

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Even Thomas Rhett jokingly dedicated his male artist of the year trophy to Dan + Shay.

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