Fans Upset and Confused Over Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett Tie at the 2020 ACM Awards

An indecisive night leads to angry tweets

September 17, 2020

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Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett are both ACM Entertainer of The Year winners. Yes, you read that right. For the first time in the show’s history, there was a tie for the Entertainer of the Year. Rhett and Underwood BOTH shared the night's biggest honor.

Host Keith Urban shared in the collective shock, after opening the coveted envelope. "We have a tie. This has got to be a first!" he said. "I have never heard of it."

Thomas then took the main stage to accept his Entertainer of The Year trophy, baffled by the historic outcome. "Oh my goodness gracious. Keith, what is happening right now?" he asked the host, while wearing a smile ear-to-ear.

Next up was Carrie, who strutted onstage in a sequin gown and exclaimed the collective thought of viewers; “2020, man!” But the “Before He Cheats” singer remained composed and gracious in her acceptance speech. "I am more than happy to share this with Thomas Rhett and just to have my name mentioned with his... I am beyond honored." It was her third career EOTY (2008, 2009 and 2020).

Both artists remained graceful during the unprecedented moment.
Fans were not so kind reacting to the ACM’s split decision, expressing frustration over Twitter. @MotleyDiver joked, “How stupid. Up next - Both teams win the World Series.”

@LD80833600 continued with the sports theme and wondered if this could be the new norm. “This is just like a Little League Baseball game or any kids competition where they have to hand out 40 trophies so they dont hurt the kids little feelings.”

One of the most scathing tweets came from @lattesncastles, who pointed to gender favoritism. “Of course they had to make the ACM Awards Entertainer a Tie and make sure a man still won, couldn’t let a well deserving, hard working woman have it this year on her own.”

However, mean tweets or not, a tie is still in the official rules for the ACMs, stating "in the case of a tie, all winners will receive an award." The results have been locked away since April, when the show was originally supposed to take place.

If you missed the excitement from Country music’s biggest night, check out a list of the 15 best moments.

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