Miranda Lambert Named Artist of the Year at ACM Awards E! News UK
Miranda Lambert was crowned Artist of the Year for the first time at the 2022 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards on Monday.
The singer beat out Eric Church, Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood to claim the top honor of the night after being nominated for the award six times.
In a virtual acceptance speech from London, Lambert told the audience she was heartbroken she finally won the award the year she was unable to attend the ceremony due to touring commitments .
“Oh my God, I can’t believe I’m not here to celebrate… This is the first time I’ve missed the ACMs in 17 years,” she said. “My heart is a bit broken, but I’m happy to be where I am. I’ve been waiting for this for a very, very long time. In fact, I never thought this would happen. But thank you very much to the country musical family for embracing me all these years and for continuing to support me.
“This one is for all the singer-songwriters who have put their blood, sweat and tears down their guitar strings. We did it! This is for us!”
According to Billboard, Lambert is the first woman to win the Entertainer of the Year category since Taylor Swift ten years ago.
In addition to this award, she also won Video of the Year with Elle King for their collaboration Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).
Elsewhere, Carly Pearce was named Female Artist of the Year, Stapleton won Male Artist of the Year and Underwood and Jason Aldean’s duet If I Didn’t Love You won Single of the Year.
The 2022 ACM Awards were hosted by Dolly Parton at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and streamed live on Prime Video.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Artist of the Year – Miranda Lambert
Female Artist of the Year – Carly Pearce
Male Artist of the Year – Chris Stapleton
Album of the Year – Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album
Single of the Year – Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood, If I Didn’t Love You
Song of the Year – Lainey Wilson, Things a Man Should Know
New Female Artist of the Year – Lainey Wilson
New Male Artist of the Year – Parker McCollum
Duo of the Year – Osborne Brothers
Band of the Year – Old Dominion
Video of the Year – Elle King and Miranda Lambert, Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)
Songwriter of the Year – Michael Hardy
Musical Event of the Year – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, Never Wanted to Be That Girl.