Crown the country king!
"I'm in L.A., oh my God. Y'all got me. I'm amazingly surprised. What an honor," Bryan, 44, who was on set at American Idol said. "To the ACM, I'm so sorry I could not be there. I missed certainly being able to do my song. And all the winners tonight, congratulations. Oh my God. Y'all got me!"
The singer then thanked his team, his wife Caroline and their sons Bo, 13, and Tate, 10.
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"And to all my fans out there and country radio. We've missed touring, we've missed being on the road with everybody that makes me an entertainer," he continued. "What a challenging year, but to all the fans and everybody, we'll be back out on the road doing what we love."
"What an amazing honor," he concluded. "I love you guys."
The American Idol judge accepted the award from Los Angeles after testing positive for COVID over a week ago. (He was also set to perform.) This is Bryan's third ACM entertainer of the year award after winning it in 2013 and 2015.
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This year, he was also up in the album of the year category for Born Here Live Here Die Here.
The 2021 ACM Awards — which were hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton — are airing live on Sunday from 8-11 p.m. ET on CBS and Paramount+.