Singers Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt were the big winners at the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards presentation at the Forum in Inglewood.
Bryan took home the top prize, Artist of the Year, along with Male Vocalist Of The Year, while Hunt gathered the Breakthrough Male Of The Year and Digital Album Of The Year.
Country music luminaires Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Brooks & Dunn and Martina McBride were among those who performed during the show, based on the radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks.”
The show also featured Toby Keith performing a tribute to the late Merle Haggard, introduced by Matthew McConaughey and featuring Haggard’s band, The Strangers.
Here is a complete list of winners: ARTIST OF THE YEAR Luke Bryan MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Luke Bryan FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Carrie Underwood GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR Florida Georgia Line BREAKTHROUGH MALE OF THE YEAR Sam Hunt BREAKTHROUGH FEMALE OF THE YEAR Kelsea Ballerini BREAKTHROUGH GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR Old Dominion SONG OF THE YEAR “Die A Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett ALBUM OF THE YEAR “Traveller,” Chris Stapleton DIGITAL SONG OF THE YEAR “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town DIGITAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR “Montevallo,” Sam Hunt TOURING ARTIST OF THE YEAR Garth Brooks.
—Staff and wire reports