An emotional Luke Bryan took the stage at the 48th Annual ACM Awards Sunday night to accept his first Entertainer of the Year award. Luke took a moment to compose himself and called it a “defining moment” in his life. Backstage, Luke said he was shocked to hear his name announced as the winner, “You’re overwhelmed with emotion but then you have an allotted amount of time to say what you want to say, so I don’t even know what I said. I don’t even know what I did. I just know that it was an amazing feeling and one that…I would be amazed if it’s ever trumped.” Luke co-hosted the ACM Awards for the first time this year with Blake Shelton. Blake joked to Luke saying, “Congratulations buddy. You won Entertainer of the Year in your first – and last – year of hosting the ACM Awards.”
ALSO: This year marked a record breaking year with 1.1 million fans casting their vote for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year categories, combined.