For the first time ever, voting for the ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year trophy ended in a tie.
Keith Urban shared the news at the end of Wednesday’s three-hour ceremony, confirming that both Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett will share in this year’s top prize. Having previously won in 2009 and 2010, Underwood celebrated her third Entertainer of the Year distinction. Rhett was a first-time winner.
Interestingly, neither Underwood nor Rhett won in the individual vocalist categories. Maren Morris earned the Female Vocalist of the Year prize for the first time in her career, while Luke Combs grabbed Male Vocalist of the Year for the first time on record.
Other key winners included Luke Combs’ “What You See Is What You Get” for Album of the Year, Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country” for Single of the Year, and Old Dominion’s “One Man Band” for SOng of the Year.