"And I'm like, 'Well, you just didn't know that you liked country music.' Yeah, they're like, 'You're my gateway drug!'"
Even Thomas Rhett jokingly dedicated his male artist of the year trophy to Dan + Shay. "People have to remember a hit isn't a position on a chart, it's what people sing along to".
She's referring to destroying the record for the most streamed album by a woman in country music, with a whopping 24 million streams. Chris Stapleton's performance was also a highlight.
Before the show, McEntire said it was disappointing that a female act in't in contention for entertainer of the year at the ACMs. "This Is Us" actress Chrissy Metz, who stars in the new movie "Breakthrough", performed a song alongside Lauren Alaina, Mickey Guyton, Maddie & Tae and Underwood. The singer-songwriter, who often performs with his wife, Morgane Stapleton, sang onstage as she held her hand over her stomach (she is pregnant).
Country singer Miranda Lambert brought husband Brendan McLoughlin of Staten Island as her plus one Sunday to the 2019 ACM Awards, marking their first red carpet event as a married couple. Metz spoke with Entertainment Tonight prior to her performance and revealed she wasn't nervous about being onstage.
The Big Little Lies star paired the dress with silver and black stilettos and a simple pendant around her neck, leaving plenty of room for husband, Keith Urban, to remain her most coveted accessory.
This year's show will air on CBS.
The ACMAs will once again feature "ACM Flashbacks", honoring classic country music hits and the artists whose music continues to influence musicians and fans alike.
On Sunday night, she altered the lyrics and belted out the updated line, "I got the hell out of Oklahoma".