Thomas Rhett’s ‘Die a Happy Man’ Named 2017 ACM Awards Song of the Year
David Copperfield and Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O'Dell announced the category. The two took a minute to poke fun at the recent 2017 Oscars snafu when La La Land was incorrectly declared the winner, before they correctly gave the trophy to Rhett.
"Thank you to my beautiful wife -- my beautiful, pregnant wife, Lauren, over there. The song's inspiration was because of you," Rhett said to his beaming wife from stage. "I gotta thank God for this -- I'm overwhelmed. I didn't think this was going to happen. Thank you so much."
Co-written by Rhett, Sean Douglas and Joe Spargur, "Die a Happy Man" is the second single from Rhett's sophomore album, Tangled Up. Rhett was inspired to write the sweet love song about his wife Lauren, and fans everywhere swooned in collective delight upon its release. "Die a Happy Man" topped the Country Airplay chart for six weeks, a feat that hasn't happened since Taylor Swift‘s 2007 single “Our Song." "Die a Happy Man" also went double-platinum and earned Rhett the Single of the Year trophy at the 2016 CMA Awards.
Other nominees for Song of the Year at the 2017 ACM Awards included "Vice" by Miranda Lambert, "Tennessee Whiskey" from Chris Stapleton, "Kill a Word" by Eric Church, "Humble and Kind" from Tim McGraw and "Blue Ain't Your Color" by Keith Urban.
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