Congratulations to Thomas Rhett! He received the trophy for Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2017 ACM Awards on Sunday night (April 2).

"I don't have a whole lot of words, except, everyone in this category are my idols," an emotional Rhett said from stage. "Everyone in this category shaped the artist that I am.

"I try to be the best singer that I can," Rhett continued. "Thank you so much to the ACMs. This is the most amazing award that I've ever received in my whole existence. Thank you so much. Thank you to the Lord for putting me in the situation for me to be up here tonight. It's a very humbling situation."

Rhett was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2017 ACM Awards along with Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban and Chris Stapleton, the latter of whom Rhett admitted he was certain would win.

“Everybody knows that Stapleton is forever the Male Vocalist of the Year. To be in that category with a voice like that is mind blowing,” Rhett shared before the 2017 ACM Awards cerermony. “So that was huge, and took me by surprise, and I’m very, very honored to be in that category.”

In 2016, Thomas Rhett was considered a newbie at the ACM Awards, finding himself nominated in the New Male Vocalist of the Year category — but oh, what a difference a year makes! Thanks to huge 2016, Rhett was up for two awards at the 52nd annual ACMs: Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year, for "Die a Happy Man," which he also won. The song also took home the CMA Award for Single of the Year in 2016.

Other nominees for Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2017 ACM Awards included Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban.

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