The artists who won this award are Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Combs, as well as “Outstanding Artist of the Year” Mickey Guyton and “Lifetime Artist” Randy Travis.
The show started with Coombs’ performance “The Forever Final” and received an award from Eric Church. Combs thanked the fans and his wife, and specifically appealed to Randy Travis for his influence.
Barrett sang “The Good Ones” accompanied by her husband and guitarist.
The host Misty Copeland introduced Guyton, who together with Yola received a standing ovation after singing “Remember Her Name”. When Gayton accepted her award, she told the crowd “country music is really everyone’s music” and thanked her parents.
Once, Garth Brooks introduced Travis and awarded him the “Artist for Life” award. Travis’s wife, Mary Davis, accepted and thanked the audience with Brooks on stage. She said: “Randy’s stroke may have taken away his voice, but it did not take away the man or the heart, nor did it take away the music. .”
Boys II Men and Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix performed his song “Cold” in tribute to Chris Stapleton.
Ballerini accepted the award from Nick Jonas and thanked the fans for their support.