ACM Awards 2021 winners list: Luke Bryan takes Entertainer of the Year, Maren Morris takes two honors

Dave Paulson, Nashville Tennessean
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Via Zoom, Luke Bryan took home Entertainer of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday night. His grinning face was projected on stage at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, where the show was held.

“What a challenging year,” Bryan said during the broadcast. “But to all the fans, and everybody, we'll be back on the road doing what we love. What an amazing honor. I love you guys.”

It was his third time earning the night's top prize and first since 2015.

Maren Morris was the only two-time winner on Sunday's telecast as she defended her female artist of the year title and added to a growing list of accomplishments for crossover single "The Bones" with a Song of the Year nod.

Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton hosted. Guyton was the first Black woman to anchor an ACM Awards in its 56-year history. Guyton's groundbreaking night came with a stirring performance of her 2019 song, "Hold On."

Read on to see the 2021 ACM winners list:

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56th annual ACM Awards winners

Entertainer of the Year

Luke Bryan

Female Artist of the Year

Maren Morris

Maren Morris accepts the award for female artist of the year.
Maren Morris accepts the award for female artist of the year.

Male Artist of the Year

Thomas Rhett

Duo of the Year

Dan + Shay

Group of the Year

Old Dominion

New Female Artist of the Year

Gabby Barrett

New Male Artist of the Year

Jimmie Allen

Album of the Year [Awarded to artist(s), producer(s), record company–label(s)]

Starting Over – Chris Stapleton

Producers: Chris Stapleton, Dave Cobb

Record Label: Mercury Nashville

Single of the Year [Awarded to artist(s), producer(s), record company–label(s)]

I Hope You’re Happy Now – Carly Pearce & Lee Brice

Producers: busbee

Record Label: Big Machine Records / Curb Records

Award hosts Mickey Guyton, left, and Keith Urban shared some onstage banter after Urban performed.
Award hosts Mickey Guyton, left, and Keith Urban shared some onstage banter after Urban performed.

Song of the Year [awarded to songwriter(s), publisher(s), artist(s)]

The Bones – Maren Morris

Songwriter(s): Jimmy Robbins, Maren Morris, Laura Veltz

Publishers: Big Machine Music, LLC; Extraordinary Alien Publishing; International Dog Music; Oh Denise Publishing; Round Hill Songs; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

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Video of the Year [Awarded to producer(s), director(s), artist(s)]

Worldwide Beautiful – Kane Brown

Director: Alex Alvga

Producer: Christen Pinkston

Music Event of the Year (a tie within category increased nominees) [awarded to artist(s), producer(s), record company–label(s)]

I Hope You’re Happy Now – Carly Pearce & Lee Brice

Producer: busbee

Record Label: Big Machine Records / Curb Records

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: ACM Awards 2021: Who won at ACM awards? See complete list of winners