• The 2024 CMA Awards had many surprises in store
  • Lainey Wilson won the major award of the evening
  • THIS is how she defined the occasion

In a night filled with glitz, glamour, and heartfelt moments, Lainey Wilson (31, Country Singer) stole the spotlight at the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards, clinching not only the Female Artist of the Year but also the coveted Entertainer of the Year award.

Held on May 16, 2024, in Frisco, Texas, the event was a star-studded celebration of country music's finest.

Wilson's Winning Streak

"I've been in Nashville for 13 years doing this," Wilson shared during her acceptance speech, highlighting the long journey and the support she's received from her peers. Her win places her among a select group of women, including Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, who have taken home the top prize, marking a significant moment in ACM history.

The evening kicked off with Wilson's electrifying cover of "God Blessed Texas," seamlessly transitioning into her new single, "Hang Tight Honey."

"First off, I want to thank the fans for loving this song," he said in his acceptance speech. "I love songwriting because of songs that won song of the year, so to be holding this right now is crazy."

The Ford Center at The Star buzzed with excitement as the awards and performances unfolded, including a touching tribute to the late Toby Keith by Jason Aldean and a surprise appearance by Dua Lipa alongside Chris Stapleton.

Jordan Davis expressed his gratitude for the Song of the Year award, while Jelly Roll, sharing the Music Event of the Year award with Wilson, delivered an emotional speech, crediting the song "Save Me" for changing his life.

The show also saw Post Malone and Morgan Wallen unveiling a new song, adding a pop flair to the country-dominated night.

The ACMs paid homage to legends past and present, with memorable performances dedicated to Toby Keith and Dickey Betts, showcasing the deep respect and admiration within the country music community.

A journey to get here

Lainey Wilson got her start in music when she was only nine years old. She learned to play guitar from her father, who was a farmer, and started writing songs by her preteen years. She also performed as a "Hannah Montana" impersonator at various events across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

She moved to Nashville in 2011 and lived in a camper trailer outside of a recording studio, where she worked on her songwriting and played small shows. She released her first album in 2014 and her second album in 2016, which charted on the Billboard Top Country Albums list.

She signed a publishing deal with SONY/ATV in 2018 and a record label with BBR Music Group in 2019. She became a rising star in the country music scene with her hit single 'Things a Man Oughta Know', which reached number one on the American country songs chart in 2021.

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From Lainey Wilson's historic wins to the moving tributes and dynamic performances, the 2024 ACM Awards was a night that celebrated the best of country music, leaving fans and artists alike looking forward to what the next year will bring.