“Music does so much more than provide an escape from the pain. It inspires us, it soothes us and it makes us stronger,” added Maren Morris.
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The show’s biggest award, Entertainer of the Year, was presented to Aldean for the third consecutive year.
The country star, who was on stage at Route 91 when the shooting rampage began, recalled the tragedy in his acceptance speech.
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“It’s been a rough year, and I want to say thanks to everybody who reached out to us, that showed us love and support over the last six months,” he said. “It meant the world to us. To my Route 91 people – you guys are in our hearts, always, and we love Las Vegas. Vegas strong, baby.”
A complete list of winners at the ACMs is here.
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