ACM Awards 2021: Chris Stapleton Takes Home Album of the Year For ‘Starting Over’

by Jacklyn Krol

The ACM Awards Album of the Year goes to Chris Stapleton’s Starting Over.

Stapleton won this award as an artist and producer. He produced the record alongside Dave Cobb on Mercury Nashville.

Chris Stapleton was nominated for Male Artist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, and Song of the Year for “Starting Over.” Stapleton was nominated six times in four categories as an artist, writer, and producer.

Chris Stapleton performed “Maggie’s Song” during the show. His wife Morgane, had a previous commitment as a doula and had to cancel at the last minute. Miranda Lambert stepped in to provide backing vocals for their acoustic performance. The two sat side by side at the Bluebird Cafe to perform the song about Chris Stapleton’s beloved pooch that passed away.

Chris Stapleton and His Fellow Nominees

Although Chris Stapleton won the award, his fellow nominees were just as deserving.

Luke Bryan is nominated for Born Here Live Here Die Here. Bryan is also up for the coveted Entertainer of the Year. Unfortunately, he tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to make the show. He did speak about how pivotal the award was prior to the diagnosis. QUOTE FROM OTHER OUTSIDER ARTICLE

Kane Brown‘s Mixtape Vol. 1 is honored in this category. Brown also won the Video of the Year award for “Worldwide Beautiful.” This marked his first Academy of Country Music award. Brown and Chris Young gave the debut performance of their song “Famous Friends” during the show.

Ashley McBryde’s Never Will was recognized. McBryde is also up for Female Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for “One Night Standards.” McBryde will be performing x.

Brothers Osborne’s record Skeletons was up for the award.  The brothers also performed “I’m Not For Everyone” and were nominated for Duo of the Year.