Chris Stapleton has been declared as the winner of the highly-coveted Entertainer of the Year award at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards, held on Sunday, May 7, 2023. The event, co-hosted by country music legends Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton, was broadcast live on Prime Video from the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. The ceremony was a grand celebration of country music, honoring the best and brightest in the industry.
The "You Should Probably Leave" singer-songwriter emerged as the victor from a talented group of nominees that included Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Morgan Wallen. Stapleton expressed his shock and gratitude during his acceptance speech, acknowledging that he never thought he would receive such an accolade. Stapleton also took the opportunity to thank his wife, Morgane, his record label, management team, and touring crew for their contributions to his career. The singer-songwriter, known for his soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics, dedicated the award to his five children, Ada, Waylon, Macon, Samuel, and another son whose name has not been revealed, recognizing their unwavering support and sacrifices. The ACM Awards ceremony also recognized Stapleton's talent as a songwriter, with his hit single "You Should Probably Leave" being nominated for both Male Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. His latest album, Starting Over, released in 2020, has produced two number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, "Starting Over" and "You Should Probably Leave." Stapleton has previously been nominated for the Entertainer of the Year award at the ACM Awards four times, in 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022, before finally winning the title this year. The award is a testament to the musician's hard work and dedication, which has made him one of the most respected and admired artists in the country music industry. The ACM Awards ceremony was a star-studded event, featuring performances by some of the biggest names in country music, including Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, and many more. The event was a celebration of country music and the artists who have made it a thriving genre loved by millions of fans worldwide. The ceremony will be available to stream for free on Amazon Freevee on Friday, May 12, allowing fans who missed the live event to catch up on the excitement and see Chris Stapleton's well-deserved win for themselves.