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ACM Awards 2023: Here’s the Complete List of Winners

This year, the Academy of Country Music Awards took place on Thursday, 11 May, at the Ford Centre in Frisco, Texas. The award show was hosted by country icon Dolly Parton and the pop star Garth Brooks.

For those of you who are unaware, let us share with you, this was the 58th edition of the annual award show. Keep scrolling further to know which celebs were the big winners at the 2023 Academy of Country Music Awards.

Here’s all you need to know about ACM Awards 2023

The 2023 Academy of Country Music Awards were held at the Ford Centre in Frisco, Texas on Thursday, May 11, 2023. Recently, all of the biggest names in country music came together under one roof to honor the brightest stars in the genre.

The award show was exclusively live-streamed on Prime Video for free. The full rebroadcast of the 2023 ACM Awards will be streaming tomorrow for free on Amazon Freevee.

This year, Hardy led the list of nominees from the front with a total of 7 nods in his kitty. He was closely followed by Lainey Wilson who was nominated in 6 categories. Cole Swindell, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, and Miranda Lambert received 5 nominations each.

Who was the big winner of the night?

The answer to the above question is Lainey Wilson. The American singer-songwriter best known for hit songs like Things a Man Oughta Know, Heart Like a Truck, and Hold My Halo won most awards on Thursday night at the 2023 Academy of Country Music Awards.

Yesterday, Wilson picked up the ACM Award for album of the year for her album Bell Bottom Country. In her acceptance speech, she said, “I wrote 300 songs during the pandemic.” She further added, “Writing these songs saved mine.”

Soon after, Lainey quoted one of her own lines, “Be who you are, ’cause everybody else is taken.” She also won the award for female artist of the year. While accepting the trophy, she said, “I can’t believe I just met Dolly Parton, first of all.”

The country music star further added, “I’m up here because of people like Dolly Parton paving the way.” She even gushed over her fellow nominees who missed a lot of weddings, a lot of funerals — not that I want to go to all of them anyway.

Along with this, Wilson even motivated young girls watching to believe in their dreams, with a caveat: “If you wanna be a dreamer, you better be a do-er.”

Chris Stapleton was named entertainer of the year

Chris Stapleton bagged the award for entertainer of the year at the 2023 Academy of Country Music Awards. His fellow nominees were as follows: Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Morgan Wallen.

In his award-winning speech, the You Should Probably Leave singer-songwriter said, “Well, I’m shocked — truly. By any imaginable metric I don’t deserve this, but thank you. There’s so many other great people in this category. I stand up, and I play music. That’s what I try to do every night. I write songs, and I make records.”He went on to say, “I never thought of myself as somebody who’d win this award. I’m so grateful for each and every person who works so hard to make us able to do what we do — my wife Morgane, thank you.”

Chris also offered a token of thanks to this record label, management company and “all the guys on the road, touring.” He dedicated his award to his wife Morgane and their 5 kids: Ada, Waylon, Macon, Samuel and another son, whose name has not been disclosed till now.

Stapleton concluded his speech by saying, “I’m really at a loss of what to say, but I want to say, my kids sitting at home, they give up a lot of my time, a lot of my wife’s time so we can do this. This is for them.”

Hardy and Lainey Wilson won the visual media of the year award at the 2023 ACM Awards

On the other hand, Hardy also walked away with a few trophies. He and Lainey accepted the award for visual media of the year award for their song Wait In The Truck, which tells a story of revenge after domestic violence upon a girl. The duo also picked the award for the music event of the year.

Hardy who was also named artist-songwriter of the year said, “Thank you, everybody, for resonating with this song, especially something of this subject. Thank you, Lainey, you absolutely killed it. There was no doubt you were always the one to make people believe this song.”

Wilson chimed in and she shed some light on the topic of domestic abuse and continued, “I think it’s really important to sing about things that are hard to talk about. I didn’t want people to relate to this song, but a lot of people do, and this one is for y’all.”

Old Dominion nabbed the ACM award for group of the year

And the award for group of the year went to Old Dominion which consists of members Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung, and Brad Tursi. Ramsey gave an emotional speech at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards.

Matthew said, “I also know that there are people obviously hurting in the world right now, trying to figure out how to make sense of divisiveness, and shootings, and things like that. And there are people that are really hurting right now, and we are still proud to be in a room full of country music fans and make music for those people, but we’re most proud to be able to make music for people that are hurting right now.”

Ramsey further added, “So thank you for including us in this party, and allowing us to make music for whoever needs it. We will continue to try and do so, and thank you to my friends here for holding me up when I needed it.”

Who were the other notable winners?

On Thursday night, Morgan Wallen won the award for male artist of the year. He had to skip the award show as he has been on vocal rest. Brooks added, “To win it and not be here must be killing him. Let’s all celebrate for him tonight.”

Brothers Osborne accepted the award for duo of the year. Hailey Whitters was named new female artist of the year, meanwhile, Zach Bryan bagged the award in the male category.

Cole Swindell nabbed the award for single of the year for his track She Had Me at Heads Carolina. Along with this, he also won the trophy for song of the year. He said, “There’s a kid watching this tonight that’s going to get inspired by somebody’s song and they’re going to follow it up and chase the dream like we all have.”

Here’s the full list of the winners

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean

Kane Brown

Luke Combs

Miranda Lambert

WINNER: Chris Stapleton

Carrie Underwood

Morgan Wallen

Female Artist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Ashley McBryde

Carly Pearce

WINNER: Lainey Wilson

Male Artist of the Year

Kane Brown

Luke Combs

Jordan Davis

Chris Stapleton

WINNER: Morgan Wallen

Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn

WINNER: Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay

Maddie & Tae

The War and Treaty

Group of the Year

Lady A

Little Big Town


WINNER: Old Dominion

Zac Brown Band

New Female Artist of the Year

Priscilla Block

Megan Moroney

Caitlyn Smith

Morgan Wade

WINNER: Hailey Whitters

New Male Artist of the Year

WINNER: Zach Bryan

Jackson Dean


Dylan Scott

Nate Smith

Bailey Zimmerman

Album of the Year

Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville — Ashley McBryde

WINNER: Bell Bottom Country — Lainey Wilson

Growin’ Up — Luke Combs

Mr. Saturday Night — Jon Pardi

Palomino — Miranda Lambert

Single of the Year

“Heart Like a Truck” — Lainey Wilson

“Never Wanted to Be That Girl” — Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde

WINNER: “She Had Me at Heads Carolina” — Cole Swindell

“Thank God” — Kane Brown with Katelyn Brown

“‘Til You Can’t” — Cody Johnson

Song of the Year

“Sand In My Boots” — Morgan Wallen

WINNER: “She Had Me at Heads Carolina” — Cole Swindell

“‘Til You Can’t” — Cody Johnson

“Wait in the Truck” — HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson

“You Should Probably Leave” — Chris Stapleton

Visual Media of the Year

“HEARTFIRST” — Kelsea Ballerini

“She Had Me At Heads Carolina” — Cole Swindell

“Thank God” — Kane Brown with Katelyn Brown

“‘Til You Can’t” — Cody Johnson

WINNER: “Wait in the Truck” — HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson

“What He Didn’t Do” — Carly Pearce

Songwriter of the Year

Nicolle Galyon

WINNER: Ashley Gorley

Chase McGill

Josh Osborne

Hunter Phelps

Artist-Songwriter of the Year

Luke Combs



Miranda Lambert

Morgan Wallen

Music Event of the Year

“At the End of a Bar” — Chris Young with Mitchell Tenpenny

“She Had Me at Heads Carolina [Remix]” — Cole Swindell & Jo Dee Messina

“Thank God” — Kane Brown with Katelyn Brown

“Thinking ‘Bout You” — Dustin Lynch feat. MacKenzie Porter

WINNER: “Wait in the Truck” — HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson

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Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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