Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett on ACMs’ Entertainer of the Year Tie


Carrie Underwood opened her acceptance speech for the Academy of Country Music’s 2020 entertainer of the 12 months prize with a happy sigh of a press release: “2020, man.”

Her barely quizzical exultation needed to do with the truth that she had tied with Thomas Rhett for the ACM Awards’ high prize, proving that, for her not less than, not all of the weirdnesses of this 12 months are dangerous weirdnesses.

“I’m very happy to share this with Thomas Rhett,” she stated in her speech, after exchanging an elbow-bump with telecast host Keith Urban (pictured above).

Rhett returned the praise backstage, doing a digital press convention over Zoom with members of the media. “It’s been such a bizarre 12 months. I imply, clearly I’m speaking to all of y’all on a convention name,” Rhett stated, “When (Urban) stated there was a tie, I used to be like, oh my gosh that is wonderful — first time in ACM historical past that anybody has tied for entertainer of the 12 months. And for me to get to tie this award with Carrie Underwood is simply mind-blowing. … Tonight, being right here on the Opry (House), getting to listen to an idol of mine point out my identify together with Carrie :Underwood, it made me really feel like I’m not the brand new man anymore. Being such an enormous fan of Carrie since I can bear in mind, since I used to be 15 or 16 years previous, and profitable such an iconic award together with her, it simply solidified plenty of issues for me.”

The ACMs had been broadcast from three totally different areas in Nashville — apart from the Grand Ole Opry House, the telecast used the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe — all with out an viewers. The acceptance speeches and internet hosting had been all dwell, and the performances had been a well-blended combination of dwell and pre-recorded.

“This is essentially the most uncommon awards show I’ve been to,” Underwood admitted backstage, “however I feel everyone did such a terrific job and actually got here collectively to have a good time music. It’s that factor the place everyone’s simply determining do what we do differently.”

The singer would have confronted questions in regards to the standing of ladies in nation, and the way the ACMs mirrored or outdated that, even when she hadn’t appeared to welcome the subject, as a performer, by doing a medley of songs from nation icons Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and Martina McBride.

“I imply, you possibly can’t have an excessive amount of of a very good factor, so I might all the time like to see extra girls represented and given alternatives,” Underwood stated. “But we’ve been taking steps in the precise course for some time now, which is sweet to see. But additionally me attending to honor a number of the girls that we’re all standing on their shoulders, as I stated… I feel it was a very nice night time for females in nation music.”

Asked if she feels flattered by the subsequent era of ladies in nation venerating her the way in which she venerates Cline and firm, Underwood waxed humble. “I’ve gotten to speak to Gabby Barrett a bit as a result of we got here up the identical approach” (through “American Idol”), she stated. But “I don’t assume I can ever have a look at myself like that. I really feel like a vacationer nonetheless. … I all the time say I’m ready for individuals to determine me out and depart me behind or one thing. But I’ll by no means have a look at myself the way in which I or anyone else ought to have a look at these different girls that I received to sing their songs tonight.”

Host Urban got here into the show because the earlier entertainer of the 12 months winner, nothing that, because the show had been delayed 5 months, his 17 months holding the title “technically means I’m the longest reigning entertainer of a given 12 months. I’ll take it. But,” stated Urban, who wasn’t nominated within the class this 12 months, ” I’ll fortunately flip it over.”

Rhett stated that he had been having fun with the “silver lining” this 12 months of “getting intentional with my spouse.” “Honestly, it’s been such a blessing in disguise, this complete 12 months. I might say the primary 30, 40 days into quarantine, I used to be form of dropping my thoughts going ‘I have to play a show, I want to jot down a track, I have to do one thing.’ And then in the future my spouse checked out me and she or he stated, ‘Honey, you’re not going to play a show this 12 months. You want to simply let it’s and chill out and be with our household.’ And it’s been actually wonderful to get to spend this a lot high quality time with my youngsters. This is essentially the most nights in a row I’ve received to place ‘em to mattress and get up with ‘em.”

In an unpredictable 12 months for that high slot, Underwood may need been thought of a frontrunner, despite the fact that she hadn’t gained it since a two-year run because the ACMs’ entertainer of the 12 months in 2009-2010. There has been a widespread feeling that Underwood is an undervalued celebrity within the format, in addition to sentiment that girls typically being neglected within the class current dangerous optics for each the ACMs and the CMA Awards, a comparable broadcast. Underwood had been favored to win entertainer of the 12 months eventually November’s CMAs, so the backlash to Garth Brooks profitable it as an alternative was so sharp, Brooks took himself out of competition this 12 months. Underwood stays a favourite going into this 12 months’s CMAs — to the extent that anybody who’s been fully shut out for years could be thought of a frontrunner.


John Smith
John Smith
John Smith is a passionate writer and entertainment enthusiast. With a deep love for TV shows and movies, he delves into the world of storytelling, exploring the captivating narratives and dissecting the cliffhanger endings that leave us wanting more. Through his articles on Flick Prime, John aims to provide insightful analyses, intriguing theories, and engaging discussions surrounding the latest TV shows and movies. Join him on the journey as he unravels the mysteries and secrets of your favorite on-screen adventures.


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