Well, just like the rest of 2020, Wednesday night's ACM Awards looked a little...different. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there was no ambient noise or applause from a live audience and performances came from three different venues -- the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe.
For the first time in ACM history, there was a tie for Entertainer of the Year with Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood sharing the honor. Thomas also took Video of the Year prior to the telecast for “Remember You Young.”
The night's other big winners were Luke Combs and Old Dominion, who each scored two awards.
Host Keith Urban kicked off the show with a bang. All five of the Entertainer of the Year performers sang an abbreviated version of an early hit in medley style.
Carrie Underwood celebrated the 95th anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry by performing a medley of classic hits from some of the queens of the Opry, including Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and Martina McBride.
Runaway June recognized the ACM’s life changing "Lifting Lives" program, while Luke Combs shared the great work that Ford is doing with "Guitars for Vets" for veterans coping with PTSD.
As closing credits rolled, Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” played as a homage to better days ahead.
ERIC CHURCH WAS ROBBED! Honestly, how can you see a performance like this and NOT instantly declare him Entertainer of the Year?!?!