The 2018 ACM Awards saved the best award for last, as they always do. The Entertainer of the Year award was the last one of the night and Jason Aldean accepted it with a beautiful speech about Las Vegas.
Aldean was up against four other talented men (no women were in the category, a point that Reba McEntire couldn’t help but point out) but ultimately took home the night’s biggest prize. He looked stunned to win and gave his buddy, and fellow nominee, Luke Bryan a hug on his way up to the stage.
When he held his EOTY award, Aldean was noticeably shaken up and obviously emotional. He got the big thank yous out of the way first, giving his record label and management team thanks before pointing to his wife. Brittany Aldean was in tears as he spoke to her and then thanked his children, who weren’t at the show. Towards the end of his speech, Aldean mentioned the Route 91 Harvest Festival with tears in his eyes.
“It’s been a rough year and I jus want to say thanks to everyone hat reached out to us that showed support over the last six months,” the singer said with trembling hands. “It meant the world to us. To my Route 91 people, you guys are in our hearts always. I love you guys. We love Las Vegas. Vegas strong, baby.”
Aldean, Bryan, Miranda Lambert and more artists gathered on stage to pay their respects to the festivalgoers during the somber ACM Award opening.