Maren Morris, Luke Combs contain extensive at Fifty fifth Academy of Country Music Awards

Sept. 16 (UPI) — Maren Morris and Luke Combs took dwelling extensive wins at the 55th annual Academy of Country Music Awards Wednesday night following a sixth-month lengthen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Morris modified into amongst three artists nominated for five complete awards and brought dwelling Female Artist of the 365 days and Music Occasion of the 365 days for her collaboration with Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack and Elle King on “Fooled Spherical and Fell in Esteem.”

Combs modified into also nominated for multiple awards and claimed Male Artist of the 365 days and Album of the 365 days for What You Ogle Is What You Procure.

Other well-known winners included Blake Shelton‘s “God’s Country” claiming Single of The 365 days, Aged Dominion a hit Group of the 365 days, Dan + Shay earning Duo of the 365 days and Tenille Towns and Riley Inexperienced being named Novel Female and Male Artist of the 365 days respectively.

Keith Urban hosted the awards demonstrate, originally plot to be held in Las Vegas in April. It featured two dozen performances across three locations in Nashville: the Huge Ole Opry Home, the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe.

Talking to an empty auditorium and followers watching from dwelling, Urban addressed the lengthen at the tip of the demonstrate, in addition to to acknowledging wildfires raging in the Western United States and storms in the Gulf Hover.

“This has been an unpredictable and unsettling 365 days for every person,” he acknowledged. “Even as of upright now, our mates out West are battling horrific wildfires and our folks on the Gulf Hover are threatened by hurricanes and we are looking out to send our treasure, thoughts and our prayers out to each and each physique of you influenced upright now.”

Urban also declared that “we are in the course of trying to battle two pandemics: COVID-19 and social injustice.”

“A ways too many lives had been misplaced to both, nonetheless the examples plot by our necessary workers and first responders, alongside with the voices crying out for equality in all walks of existence hang echoed spherical the area and upright here, in our country community,” Urban acknowledged.

The demonstrate started with a medley of performances by Combs, Rhett, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Carrie Underwood.

Urban also debuted a recent single with P!nk, while Shelton and Gwen Stefani conducted a duet, and Taylor Swift delivered her first efficiency at the awards demonstrate in seven years.

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