Accepting the latter, Musgraves said "I'm so thankful for the chance to share my political perspective", dedicating the award to women who felt pressure to silence themselves. "We are all winners tonight".
Singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves has swept every awards ceremony since her album Golden Hour was released past year, and she just added another trophy to her stack. She also won best country song for "Space Cowboy" and best country solo performance for "Butterflies".
But Musgraves took home both the album of the year and female artist of the year awards. Chris Stapleton's performance was also a highlight. It was obvious by her performance as Kate that Metz could sing, but she wowed viewers with her musical talent at the ACM's.
While this wasn't the first time Lambert, 35, has sung the updated rendition of the hit song, she has never done so with Shelton present - seemingly shading the "Voice" judge in front of his longtime girlfriend Gwen Stefani in the process. Plus, Jason Aldean will be honored with the prestigious ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award. "I wouldn't be proud of changing myself to try to, you know, appease a wider range of people", Musgraves told King.
Bebe Rexha was the only woman competing for song of the year thanks to the record-setting hit "Meant to Be", featuring Florida Georgia Line, while Maddie & Tae was the sole female act up for duo of the year. The actress took the stage alongside country singers Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina, Mickey Guyton, Madison Warlow, and Taylor Dye.