Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett opened the award show with somber comments in honor of those killed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival about the power of music.
Then Reba came out and talked about following Luke & Dierks Bentley and before that, Luke & Blake Shelton as host of the ACM’s, adding, “I guess it took them that long to figure out that it only takes one woman to do the work of two men”, to huge applause and a standing ovation.
Kenny Chesney, four-time ACM Entertainer of the Year, was the first performer of the night, with his new single, “Get Along”.
Carrie Underwood knocked it out of the park in her return to the stage, singing her new single "Cry Pretty." Right after her performance, she and Keith Urban won the award for Vocal Event of the Year for “The Fighter.”
One of the most touching moments of the night occurred when Reba McEntire announced that Chris Stapleton and his wife just had twins. The announcement happened right after Chris won Album of the Year. Good day for Chris!
Classic Country fans had moments to cheer as Alan Jackson sang Chatahoochie with Jon Pardi and Toby Keith reprising “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” with Blake Shelton. Reba brought back her duet "Does He Love You" with Kelly Clarkson, though the original was sung with Linda Davis.
Miranda Lambert won Female Vocalist of the Year, and officially became the ACM's most awarded artist with 31 awards.
Jason Aldean won Entertainer of the Year for the third consecutive year. He said, "To my Route 91 people, you guys are in my heart always and we love Las Vegas. Vegas strong, baby, thank you so much."
Reba McEntire proved once again what a great TV host she is.
Source: Joel Raab