American Country Countdown Awards features big performances

It was a night of big performances and top stars at the American Country Countdown Awards in Los Angeles.

The show kicked off with a performance by Martina McBride that had the crowd singing along.

The first award of the night, Male Vocalist of the Year, was announced by Carrie Underwood and was awarded to Luke Bryan. Bryan performed immediately after his win was announced to the cheering crowd of country music greats, which included stars like Reba and Toby Keith.

“It’s hard to do a speech after that,” Bryan said as he thanked the crowd out-of-breath following his song. “I want to thank the good Lord above… We love you! Thank you country radio.”

Group Duo of the Year was awarded to Florida Georgia Line, and they performed next.

Newcomer Cam then took the stage, followed by Cole Swindell. Chris Janson then had the crowd singing along to his hit “Buy Me A Boat.”

The show took a moment to remember Prince, who died on April 21st at the age of 57. The crowd wore purple glow bands to light the room in purple in honor of the pop star.

The Breakthrough Male of the Year award was given to Sam Hunt, who played piano as he performed. In a blink-and-you-might-miss-it moment Hunt was also quickly given the Digital Artist of the Year award.

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