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Jason Aldean wins entertainer of the year at ACM Awards; commemorates shooting victims

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Jason Aldean performs “You Make It Easy” at the 53rd yearly Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Las Vegas.

Sunday, April 15, 2018|8:22 p.m.

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Jason Aldean paid tribute to the victims of the enormous shooting at a country music celebration during his approval speech after being called performer of the year at Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

“It’s been a rough year,” Aldean said throughout the event in Las Vegas, thanking those “that showed us love and assistance over the last 6 months.”

Last October an only gunman eliminated 58 people at country music’s Path 91 Harvest Festival in Sin City, becoming the most dangerous mass shooting in modern-day U.S. history. Aldean was onstage when the shooting happened.

“You people remain in our hearts constantly,” he stated. “We like Las Vegas. Vegas strong.”

The c and w neighborhood, returning to Vegas on Sunday 6 months after the enormous shooting, opened the program in memory of the victims.

Miranda Lambert stated the world can be “joined through the recovery power of music,” while Luke Bryan stated “music assists us remember what actually matters in life.” At the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Maren Morris said music “makes us stronger” and Thomas Rhett stated music provides us “an opportunity to rejoice.”

Aldean closed the psychological minute, saying in respect to the victims and music fans, “we celebrate the music tonight. America, this is your ACM Awards.”

The ACMs also marked a crucial night for Chris Stapleton, who missed out on the show due to the fact that his partner, Morgane, brought to life twins. Sunday was also the vocalist’s 40th birthday.

Stapleton, the leading nominee with eight, won male singer of the year and album of the year, where he won twice as a singer and producer.

Carrie Underwood made her first tv look given that injuring her face in strong type at the ACMs, owning the stage with her powerhouse vocals.

Underwood, in a glittery dress, returned to the phase like an A-List veteran when she performed her new tune, “Cry Pretty,” making a rousing, and long, standing ovation from the audience. Underwood injured her face and wrist last year due to a fall at her house.

Following the efficiency, she immediately won vocal occasion of the year for the dance-infused nation tune, “The Fighter,” with Keith Urban.

“Thank you for having me,” Underwood stated to Urban onstage. “I am still kind of shaking right now,” she included, appearing teary-eyed.

Lambert likewise made history Sunday: She went beyond Brooks and Dunn as the most decorated act in ACM history with 32 wins. Lambert won her ninth successive female singer of the year prize and won twice for tune of the year– as the entertainer and co-writer of “Tin Guy.”

“I can not believe this. I actually cannot. … I love c and w. It’s my totally life,” Lambert stated onstage. “I will never ever take it for granted.”

Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard wore an all-red ensemble and Brian Kelley was in all-white when they struck the phase with pop singer Bebe Rexha to perform the huge hit “Meant to Be,” which is investing its 19th week on top of Signboard’s Hot country songs chart. It ties Leroy Van Dyke’s “Walk On By” as the 3rd longest-running song of all-time on the chart.

The longest-running No. 1 tune of all-time on the country charts, Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road,” won single record of the year at the ACMs; Hunt didn’t go to the program.

Little Big Town sang Elton John’s “Rocket Guy” in celebration of the icon’s new album, “Remediation,” which features nation vocalists covering his tunes. Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina were remarkable when they sang their duet, “Exactly what Ifs.” Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Kelsea Ballerini, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley also carried out.

McEntire, who carried out with Kelly Clarkson, hosted the three-hour show a year after Bryan and Bentley got the job done.

“It takes one woman to do the task of 2 males,” she said, making a rousing applause.

Old Dominion won vocal group of the year, besting Little Big Town and Woman Antebellum.

“This is heavy in a lot of methods,” diva Matthew Ramsey said, holding the trophy in his hand.

“We’re so lucky. Take a look at us, look at us!” he said about his bandmates, all worn stylish suits. “We look good. We feel good. We’re friends. And we’re having a ball.

“Thank you for letting us make music.”

Aldean, Stapleton win big but ladies rule the stage at ACM Awards

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memory of your loved ones,” Fisher stated just seconds prior to the live broadcast awards show began.” You have actually truly surprised and inspired us with your strength, nerve and resilient spirits.” Aldean wasn’t the just huge winner Sunday night. Chris Stapleton, whose partner gave birth to twins the exact same day as the ACMs, won for Male Vocalist of the Year

and Album of the Year. Lambert won Female Singer of the Year and Song of the Year for” Tin Guy,” and the Grand Garden crowd took off when Old Rule won Vocal Group of the Year. Chris Pizzello/AP Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina perform at the 53rd ACM awards show. Host and Caesars Palace resident headliner Reba McEntire, who performed her

Love You” with pop superstar Kelly Clarkson– who also happens to be married to McEntire’s stepson– joked about that this year’s Entertainer of the Year candidates were all male. However it was the female efficiencies that shined brightest throughout this year’s awards show, at least live and in person at MGM. Morris fired up the crowd with her memorable hit “Rich” extremely early in the program and New Female Singer of the Year Lauren Alaina supplied 2 powerhouse performances, initially a duet with Kane Brown on No. 1 hit “What Ifs” then her own solo single” Doing Fine. “Kelsea Ballerini drifted above the crowd in a neon heart while singing her new tune” I Dislike Love Songs” prior to Lambert delivered among the most abundant performances of the night with the blistering” Keeper of the Flame. “Lambert received her Female Singer of the Year award from Olympic ski legend Lindsey Vonn, who likewise captivated the crowd thanks to a brilliant yellow dress with tulle skirt. Carrie Underwood went back to the stage for her very first public performance since a November accident left her with a damaged wrist and facial injury needing more than 40 stitches She sang new single” Cry Pretty “and received a prolonged standing ovation. A couple of minutes later on, she

signed up with Keith Urban to accept the award for Vocal Event of the Year for their collaboration “The Fighter.” The ACM crowd likewise went wild for the show’s” flashback” performances: the Reba-Kelly duet, Jon Pardi teaming with Alan Jackson for” Chatahoochie” and Blake Shelton bringing Toby Keith to the stage for” Ought to’ve Been a Cowboy.”

After Las Vegas, Jason Aldean brings the weight of catastrophe

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/ > Mark Humphrey/ AP In this March 19, 2018, image, country music singer Jason Aldean presents in Nashville, Tenn., to promote his eighth studio album “Rearview Town.” The album will be launched on Friday.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018|2 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– Last October, Jason Aldean was in a Las Vegas health center going to some of the victims hurt in a mass shooting at a country music festival a week previously. On that Sunday afternoon, the country star turned to his longtime supervisor, Clarence Spalding.

” He looked at me and said, ‘This will be the hardest thing I ever do,'” Spalding remembered. “And it was.”

Aldean, the reigning Academy of C and w’s performer of the year with a new album out this Friday, has actually constructed his profession and reputation on his live shows that captivate 10s of thousands every year. He had gone back to satisfy in person with those who had made it through an awful injury during his efficiency at the celebration, which had left him with sticking around feelings of regret.

In one space, a woman was still in a coma as he stood by her bed. Aldean recorded a message on her cellular phone, promising to bring her to a program when she got better. Those moments in those healthcare facility rooms were heavy with emotion, Spalding stated.

” Jason would walk in and somebody who had actually been shot in the arm, leg, face or anywhere would just start sobbing since it was such a psychological thing to see him,” Spalding said.

Aldean was onstage when the gunman began shooting with high-powered weapons at the fans from hotel room window across the street from the outdoor Path 91 Harvest celebration. That night in October, 58 people were eliminated and hundreds more hurt in what has ended up being the nation’s most dangerous mass shooting in modern-day history.

The Macon, Georgia-born star has actually been singing about small-town, working class life considering that he started in Nashville two decades ago, and said he now feels a connection to the survivors of another recent shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

” Unless any person has actually seen anything like that or belonged of it, it’s truly hard for individuals to actually comprehend where you’re originating from on that things,” Aldean stated in a current interview with The Associated Press. “It resembles the kids from the school in Florida, that shooting. I get it, male. I comprehend how they are feeling.”

About 40 members of atrioventricular bundle and crew, as well as his pregnant better half, Brittany, were all there at the festival. Spalding stated 2 of their tour buses were shot, in addition to their lighting board and stage. Aldean’s bass player discovered a bullet fragment in his bass guitar.

The aftermath for Aldean has been complicated. He stated he felt happy that his family, crew and good friends weren’t hurt, however likewise guilt for all individuals who existed since they wished to see him play. And then he felt anger and disbelief.

” You start doing that thing, like, ‘Male, did that truly happen? It appears so crazy,'” Aldean said. “You simply sit there and relive it a thousand times a day.”

His healing was helped by talking with his better half and his band and team about what they experienced. And after that he met those survivors.

” Returning to the hospital, going back to Vegas and seeing those people. Seeing some of the strength they were having. People laid up in the hospital and smiling and chuckling and just being grateful they were alive. That sort of things assisted me to take a look at it in a different view,” Aldean said. “Those people are here and pressing on.”

Two months to the day after the shooting, Aldean’s son, Memphis, was born and lastly Aldean discovered some relief from the spiraling thoughts in his head.

” Actually to me, he just offered me something else to concentrate on. Something else to think about on a daily basis,” Aldean said.

And although other country musicians have spoken out about the need for gun control because the shooting, Aldean has prevented wading into the political arguments about guns. “It’s a no-win circumstance,” Aldean said. “I believe no matter what you state, whether you’re for gun control or not, I imply, you’re setting yourself up to be crucified in the public eye or in the media.”

Nevertheless, Aldean, who is a gun owner, said there are flaws in the country’s laws concerning gun ownership that require addressing.

” It’s too simple to obtain guns, most importantly,” Aldean stated. “When you can walk in somewhere and you can get one in 5 minutes, do a background check that takes 5 minutes, like how in-depth is that background check? Those are the concerns I have. It’s not necessarily the weapons themselves or that I do not think people ought to have weapons. I have a lot of them.”

But his concern is that these tragedies are simply utilized as fodder for the political arguments that have actually dominated any conversation about weapon control.

” No one is looking at exactly what the actual issue is and actually the best ways to concern an arrangement and make a clever choice,” Aldean stated.

This Friday, Aldean is releasing his 8th studio album, “Rearview Town,” which he had been dealing with all throughout in 2015 between touring. It features his bluesy new single, “You Make It Easy,” which was co-written by Florida Georgia Line, in addition to “Drowns the Whiskey,” a duet with Miranda Lambert. Aldean said the title track interested him as a metaphor for his own life.

“‘ Rearview Town’ just sort of states you’re sort of putting some of the things that have type of weighted you down and been on your shoulders,” Aldean said. “You’re putting that behind you and you’re carrying on and anticipating everything in shop.”

Jason Aldean, Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line get ACM slots

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Steve Marcus Jason Aldean holds his prize for Male Singer of the Year, in the picture space during the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sunday, April 6, 2014.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018|9:40 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and pop singer Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line will be carrying out at the Academy of Country Music Awards in April.

The ACMs revealed the first round of performers Wednesday, which also consisted of Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett.

Rexha and Florida Georgia Line will be performing their hit crossover duet “Meant to Be,” which has actually been a top hit on Billboard’s Hot Nation chart for 14 weeks directly.

The leading nominees this year include Chris Stapleton with eight elections and Rhett with six nominations.

The 53rd ACM Awards will be relayed live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 15.