The show, hosted by radio darlings Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, was based on the syndicated radio countdown show, American Country Countdown With Kix Brooks. So the artists who won made sure they thanked Brooks, radio and the fans who still find their music on the airwaves.
The Fox network broadcast the two-hour event live from the new Music City Center in Nashville, and while the setup of the show didn’t allow for too many surprises, the winners list included a few artists who aren’t seasoned veterans of the awards show stages.
Here’s a complete list of winners:
Artist of the Year: Jason Aldean
Male Vocalist: Luke Bryan
Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert
Group/Duo: Florida Georgia Line
Breakthrough Artist: Kip Moore
Collaboration: “This Is How We Roll,” Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan
Album: The Outsiders, Eric Church
Digital Song: “This Is How We Roll,” Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan
Groundbreaker Award: Kenny Chesney
NASH Icon Award: Reba McEntire
Song of the Year: “Beat of the Music,” Brett Eldredge (artist), Eldredge, Ross Copperman, Heather Morgan (songwriters)