The Academy of Country Music Awards left fans amazed as the evening ended for the first time in its history with a draw between Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett as the entertainer of the year.
While the award is sacred among both country musicians and fans, some fans were not very happy to see it shared between the two crooners.
“Of course, they had to turn the ACM Awards entertainer into a tie and make sure a man still won, could not let a well-deserved, hard-working woman have it this year alone,” a viewer said on Twitter. “Over this s – t.”
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“ACM awards with a TIE for entertainer of the year ?! Participate in trophy generation at its best,” said another. “Next will be a World Series draw where both teams win! Loss mentality.”
“Seriously?!? ‘What do you want to tell her?’ “When you can not have this year’s entertainment alone … and it must be shared with a man,” said one fan angrily, referring to Mickey. Guyton’s pro-woman song “What do you want to tell her?”
The viewer added: “You do not know anyone can be compared to @carrieunderwood right now!
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Another Twitter user responded by saying that the Academy of Country Music should be “ASHAMED.”
“They know @carrieunderwood is so gracious; I would have asked them to take their prize and push it,” they said.
“I’m furious. You could not let a woman win alone. This is ridiculous and so embarrassing,” said one viewer.
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“I just do not understand why they did not have another round of voting where people chose between Carrie and Thomas Rhett,” one fan suggested. “Imagine the Super Bowl or a World Series game that ends in a draw.”
However, there were a handful of people who were happy to see both artists take the award with them.
“CONGRATULATIONS x2 to our top favorites for EOTY, CARRIE & THOMAS !!! We love you both so much !!” jumped a fan and added a series of emojis.
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“Seriously, also congratulations to @ThomasRhett. He has always seemed like a kind, genuine guy,” said another. “@carrieunderwood and @ThomasRhett always make sure to give God glory, and tonight they both won.”
One-third said the draw was “well-deserved.”