Jason Aldean is still the ACM Entertainer of the Year. Aldean picked up the top trophy at Sunday's 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards; you can watch his acceptance speech by playing the video above.
This was Aldean's third consecutive Entertainer of the Year Award; he also took home the trophy at the 2017 ACM Awards and 2016 ACM Awards. Aldean had been nominated for Entertainer of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015, but lost out twice to Luke Bryan and twice to Taylor Swift. On Sunday, he beat Bryan, Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban to claim the award.
He was also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, but lost to Stapleton in that category. It was Aldean, though, who took home the most prestigious award of the evening and continues for another year as the Academy of Country Music's top performer.
Aldean's night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena was particularly poignant, as he returned to Las Vegas after the Route 91 shooting. Aldean, who had been on stage when the shooting began, joined Bryan and several other stars in a tribute to the 58 people who were killed and 851 others who were injured in the Oct. 7, 2017 tragedy at the beginning of the ACM Awards ceremony.
"We thought about starting with a song," Aldean said in the tribute, which you can watch here. "But it's a lot bigger than a single song. It's everything you'll hear tonight. The songs that bring us to our feet, make you want to pull someone close, or just live in the moment. Nothing can take that away from us."
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