Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett just made history by tying for Entertainer of the Year at the 2020 ACM Awards!
During Wednesday night’s remote awards show, ACM host Keith Urban announced that Underwood and Rhett had both won the award. He added that he had “never heard of” there being two winners in the category before and acknowledged the historic moment.
“Oh my goodness gracious. Keith, what is happening right now?” said Thomas Rhett, who was announced first. “Thank you to the Lord Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Thank you so much my wife, my baby girls who are watching this right now, Willa Gray, I love you. Ada James, I love you. Lennon, I love you. To my management, to my record label, to my publishers, to LiveNation and everyone has made this possible — my band and crew, who have put in countless hours just making our show what it is. Thank you to the fans.”
After Thomas Rhett’s speech, Urban presented Underwood with her trophy. “2020, man!” Underwood commented as she accepted the award. “Thank you, God, so much. All Glory, glory to God. And thank you to the ACMs, not just for this, but for putting me in such incredible company.”
She continued, “I am more than happy to share this with Thomas Rhett and just to have my name mentioned with his and Luke and Luke and Eric Church. I am beyond honored. Thank you, fans, for coming out to see us, spending your hard-earned money. [The] band, crew and everybody that makes those shows happen. You guys, hold on, it will happen again. Just hold on.”
Underwood ended her speech by thanking the ACMs for their thorough protocols, adding: “You guys made us all feel safe and you work so hard and I’m just really glad that we got to celebrate. Thank you so much. Thank you for this. God bless.”
Rhett and Underwood singers were nominated against fellow country stars Luke Bryan, Eric Church, and Luke Combs. Underwood is the first woman to win the entertainer of the year award three times and is also the first woman to take home the prize since Taylor Swift in 2012.