Eric Church Surprised With Early Win at ACM Awards

"Mr. Misunderstood" Named Video of the Year

Eric Church‘s “Mr. Misunderstood” is the Academy of Country Music’s video of the year for 2016.

ACM executives surprised Church and his manager, John Peets, with the award Friday (April 1) after a rehearsal for Sunday night’s ACM Awards show in Las Vegas.

“I can’t believe it at all,” Peets said. “It’s crazy. I mean … it was all kind of secret and we decided to make our video really quick.”

“It’s the cheapest video ever that won video of the year, I’ll tell you,” Church said.

The video, directed by Peets and Reid Long, was nominated alongside Kacey Musgraves‘ “Biscuits,” Cam‘s “Burning House,” Little Big Town‘s “Girl Crush” and Dierks Bentley‘s “Riser.”

Church is nominated in four additional categories, including his first nomination for entertainer of the year. He’s also up for male vocalist, album of the year (Mr. Misunderstood) and vocal event of the year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban.

Luke Bryan and Bentley co-host the 51st annual ACM Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Calvin Gilbert has served as CMT.com’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.