In a true 2020 twist that culminated in the ACM Awards, Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett joined Entertainment of the Year during the 55th Annual Awards Committee on Wednesday night (September 16). The joint victory was announced from the Grand Ole Opry House at the end of the ACMs show.
Show host Keith Urban was surprised when he opened this year’s entertainer envelope to announce the night’s biggest winner. He chuckled as he sorted out what happened, then announced Rhett’s name as the first winner.
“Oh goodness gracious … Keith, what’s going on right now?” Rhett said as he took the stage before thanking his family, fans and crew for helping him win.
Underwood, who took the stage after Rhett, briefly summed up the moment: “2020, man!”
“I’m more than happy to share this with Thomas Rhett,” she continued, praising her co-star and the other three nominees in the category: Luke Combs, Luke Bryan and Eric Church.
Underwood also offered hope to fans who watched the audience-free show from home: Guys, hold on, [live music] will happen again. Just hold on. “
The ACM Awards took place in Nashville for the first time ever in 2020 due to the new coronavirus pandemic. Urban hosted the Opry House, but additional performances and awards were accepted at the Bluebird Cafe and Ryman Auditorium.