The “If I Was A Cowboy” singer received the Entertainer of the Year trophy at the conclusion of the ACM Awards livestream and accepted the honor virtually from C2C Festival in Europe.
This marks her first-ever win the category. This marks her first-ever win in the category and her 37th career ACM Awards win. Lambert continues her reign as the most-celebrated artist in ACM history.
“I cannot believe I’m not there to celebrate – I’m in London, I have shows this week,” Lambert said, wearing a Fleetwood Mac t-shirt. ”It’s my first time to miss ACMs in seventeen years, so my heart is a little broken but I’m happy to be where I am.”
The country superstar went on to admit that she’s “been waiting for this for a really, really long time” and “actually never thought it would happen.”
“Thank you so much to the country music family for embracing me all these years and continuing to support me and the Academy for everything and my manager Marion Kraft,” Lambert continued.
The Texas native dedicated the coveted award to all the “the singer/songwriter girls out there that are putting their blood, sweat, and tears into their guitar strings – we did it. This is for us. Thank y’all so much, see you Nashville!”
Eric Church, Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood were also nominated in the ACM Entertainer of the Year category.
The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards aired on Monday, March 7, exclusively on Prime Video at 8/7c.
Co-hosted by global icon Dolly Parton with Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett, the two-hour show livestreamed without commercials and featured 20+ performances from some of country music’s hottest superstars and rising newcomers.
The performance lineup included Parker McCollum and Lainey Wilson, who were crowned this year’s New Male and New Female Artist of the Year, respectively as well as Barrett, Allen, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Walker Hayes, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Lady A and Kelly Clarkson.
“The concert event of the year” also included several collaborations, including Parton featuring Kelsea Ballerini (“Big Dreams & Faded Jeans”), BRELAND featuring Thomas Rhett (“Praise The Lord”), Jordan Davis (“Buy Dirt,” feat. Luke Bryan), Brothers Osborne and Brittney Spencer (“These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”), Parmalee and Blanco Brown featuring Brooke Eden (“Just the Way”), Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (“Never Wanted to Be That Girl”), and Chris Young featuring Mitchell Tenpenny (“At the End of a Bar”).
The 2022 ACM Awards presenters included Alan Ritchson (actor, Reacher), Derek Carr (quarterback, Las Vegas Raiders), Guy Torry (comedian, Phat Tuesdays), James Patterson (author, Run Rose Run), Jason Aldean, Kelsey Asbille (actor, Yellowstone), Luke Grimes (actor, Yellowstone), Mickey Guyton, and Tom Pelphrey (actor, Outer Range).
The ACM Awards made history as the first major awards show to livestream exclusively as it streamed live on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.