The Academy of Country Music Awards left fans stunned when, for the first time in its history, the evening ended in a draw between Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett as host of the year.
Although the award is enshrined by both country musicians and fans, some fans were not very pleased to see it split between the two crooners.
“Of course, they had to make the ACM Awards Entertainer tied and make sure a man still won, he couldn’t let a well-deserved, hard-working woman have him alone this year,” a viewer said on Twitter. “Throughout that time.”
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“The ACM awards with a TIE for the artist of the year ?! Generation of participation trophies to the fullest,”; said another. “The next one will be a knockout of the world series where both teams win! The loser mentality.”
“Really?!? ‘What will you tell him?’ … When you can’t have the cheerleader of the year alone … and you have to share it with a man, ”a fan angrily said, referring to Mickey Guyton’s pro-wife anthem“ What are you going to tell him? “
The viewer added, “You know no one compares to @carrieunderwood right now!
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Another Twitter user responded and said the Country Music Academy should be “SHAMEFUL.”
“They know @carrieunderwood is so kind; I would have told them to take their prize and throw it away,” they said.
“I’m furious. You couldn’t let a woman win alone. That’s ridiculous and so embarrassing,” one spectator said.
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“I just don’t understand why they didn’t have another round of voting where people chose between Carrie and Thomas Rhett,” one fan suggested. “Imagine the Super Bowl or a World Series game that ends in a draw.”
Still, there were a handful of people who were glad to see both artists take home the award.
“CONGRATULATIONS x2 to our favorite favorites for EOTY, CARRIE and THOMAS !!! We love you both so much !!” a fan erupted, adding a string of emojis.
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“Seriously, congratulations to @ThomasRhett too. He’s always seemed like a kind, genuine guy,” said another. “@carrieunderwood and @ThomasRhett are always watching to give God the glory and tonight they have both won.”
A third said the tie was “well deserved”.