Miranda Lambert Accepts Entertainer of the Year at 2022 ACM Awards – Billboard

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The 2022 ACM Awards, which took place at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Monday (March 7) night, made history as the first live major awards show to be exclusively livestreamed (on Prime Video).

One of the nominees for entertainer of the year was Miranda Lambert, whose current on tour in England forced her to miss the ACMs for the first time in 17 years. And as fate would have it, 2022 is the year the country singer-songwriter won the night’s biggest honor. “I can’t believe I’m not there tonight, I’m in London. This is my first time to miss the ACMs in 17 years, so my heart’s a little broken. I’ve been waiting for this for a really, really long time. I actually never thought it would happen,” said Lambert via video call overseas. “Thank you so much to the country music family for embracing my all these years.” Wearing a Fleetwood Mac t-shirt, an emotional Lambert thanked the country music community and dedicated the award to “all the singer-songwriter girls out there that are putting their blood, sweat and tears into their guitar strings.”

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Lambert has (so far) 16 top 10 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart, including five No. 1s. Her Elle King collaboration “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” nabbed an ACM Award for video of the year.

Additional reporting by Melinda Newman.

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards is produced by MRC Live & Alternative, which is owned by MRC. MRC is a co-owner of Billboard through a joint venture with Penske Media titled P-MRC. 

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