Winners in most categories of the 40th Annual ACM Awards will be announced during the live broadcast May 17 in Las Vegas. Check back the night of the show for up-to-the-minute updates of who picked up the "hat" awards and what they had to say at the podium.

Pre-broadcast winners will be posted in the days leading up to the awards. Check back to find out when they have been announced.
entertainer of the year
Kenny Chesney
"The Academy of Country Music has always meant a lot to me. I won my very first award ever here at the Academy of Country Music, and I want to thank them. ... I go on stage every night at 9:15, but our show starts at 2:30 in the afternoon because all the fans are out there in the parking lot partying and got our music cranked up. And, I want to thank y'all very much." -- Kenny Chesney
Keith Urban
"Thank you so much. I want to thank God first and foremost. Thank you so much, and everybody on my team who takes care of me, which is a ton of people." -- Keith Urban
top female vocalist
Gretchen Wilson
"I don't even know what to say. I don't even really know what to say except thank you. Thank you so much to the fans. ... I appreciate this so much." -- Gretchen Wilson
home depot humanitarian award
Neal McCoy
"Well, I'm tickled to death. This is a big deal. This is a big deal for our community around East Texas, where we spend a lot of time raising money for some great kids." -- Neal McCoy
top vocal duo
Brooks & Dunn
"This sure felt like the year that y'all were gonna wanna hear somebody else come up here and say thanks." -- Kix Brooks
"We don't get it. We don't get it we just know that we're surrounded by a bunch of people who are a lot smarter than us." -- Ronnie Dunn
top vocal group
Rascal Flatts
"Thank you so much. We are so grateful and so humbled by this award. It's just amazing that you get this type stuff for doing something that you love so much." -- Gary LeVox
pioneer award
Chris LeDoux
Award presented by Garth Brooks.
top new artist
Gretchen Wilson
"I want to say thank you to the Academy. I want to say thank you to the fans, and I want to say thank you to the greatest record company and the greatest president that I know, Mr. John Grady, for believing in me." -- Gretchen Wilson
vocal event of the year
"Whiskey Lullaby" -- Brad Paisley featuring Alison Krauss
"Thank you, guys, so very, very much. This song has been an incredible thing to be a part of. ... I don't want to forget the wonderful Alison Krauss who could not be here tonight. Absolute voice of an angel." -- Brad Paisley
song of the year
"Live Like You Were Dying" -- Songwriters Craig Wiseman and Tim Nichols
"Tim McGraw signed this hand, Faith Hill kissed this cheek. I'm auctioning myself off on eBay starting at 10 o'clock. Tim debuted this song here a year ago, and we were way in the back. It's been a wild year, and now we're way in the front." -- Craig Wiseman
"For all the people that we heard from this year who have told us how much this song has means to them. We so appreciate that." -- Tim Nichols
album of the year
Be Here -- Keith Urban
"No way. Oh my God. Can you guys hear me alright? ... I'm in Belfast, Ireland, tonight. It's like 20 til 2 in the morning. This is like the best wake-up call that I've ever had." -- Keith Urban - Live via satellite
single record of the year
"Live Like You Were Dying" -- Tim McGraw
"First off, all of us sitting out here know that we wouldn't be anywhere without a great song, so Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman wrote a great song. And, I want to thank Missy Gallimore for finding that song for me." -- Tim McGraw
"Tim, I've been riding a bus with him for going on 15 years. It's been a hell of a ride. I hope it goes another 15." -- Darran Smith
"I would like to thank our friends at radio." -- Byron Gallimore
video of the year
"Whiskey Lullaby" -- Brad Paisley featuring Alison Krauss
"What a great opportunity I was given, and I thank you very much for the opportunity that Brad and Alison gave me. ... would somebody please give me another job." -- Rick Schroder
"Very honored to have worked with Rick. He's amazing." -- Brad Paisley
jim reeves memorial award
Charlie Nagatani
casino of the year
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, Nev.
nightclub of the year
Buck Owen's Crystal Palace
Bakersfield, Calif.
don romeo talent buyer/promoter of the year
Brian O'Connell
Clear Channel Entertainment
radio station of the year
WIVK -- Knoxville, Tenn.
on-air personality of the year
Tim & Willy -- KNIX Phoenix, Ariz.
producer of the year
James Stroud
engineer of the year
Ron "Snake" Reynolds
musicians of the year
Glenn Worf (Bass)

Stuart Duncan (Fiddle)

Brent Mason (Guitar)

Lonnie Wilson (Percussion/Drums)

Steve Nathan (Piano/Keyboards)

Randy Scruggs (Specialty Instrument)

Dan Dugmore (Steel Guitar)