ACM Awards 2021: Luke Bryan Takes Home Entertainer of the Year

by Jacklyn Krol

Despite not being able to attend in person, Luke Bryan was still able to accept the 2021 ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year award.

After testing positive for COVID-19 just six days ago, the country star is now the Entertainer of the Year. Bryan called in over video to accept it. This is actually the second time that Luke Bryan has won the award, with the first coming back in 2013.

Gracious as ever, Bryan complimented his fellow nominees and thanked just about everyone he could think of. From fans to songwriters to family, Bryan had plenty of people to share in the success.

It’s unfortunate that Bryan wasn’t able to attend or perform. But the good news is that he appears to be fully recovered based on a post shared on Sunday night.

Other Nominees Besides Luke Bryan

Chris Stapleton leads this year’s ACMs alongside Maren Morris with six nominations in four categories. He is nominated for Male Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Starting Over,” and Album of the Year for Starting Over. Additionally, Stapleton performed “Maggie’s Song” during the telecast.

Going into this year’s awards show, Eric Church is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year. He is also nominated for Male Artist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “Does To Me” with Luke Combs. Church performed “Bunch of Nothing” during the show.

Luke Combs was nominated for Male Artist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “Does To Me” with Eric Church. During the telecast, he performed “Forever After All.”

Thomas Rhett is nominated for the second year in a row. You’ll recall that he won the award last year and tied with Carrie Underwood. Rhett was also nominated for Male Artist of the Year and Music Event of the Year for “Be A Light.” Rhett premiered his song “What’s Your Country Song” and “Country Again” during the show.

The 2021 ACM Awards

The 2021 ACM Awards will air on (Sunday) April 18 at 8 PM ET. The show will be broadcasted on CBS and air live from three of Nashville, Tennessee’s historic music venues. Mickey Guyton will co-host the awards show alongside Keith Urban, who hosted last year’s show.