The Academy Awards left their fans amazed when, for the first time in their history, the evening ended in a draw between Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett for Artist of the Year.
While the award was celebrated by both country musicians and fans, some fans were not particularly pleased to see it split between the two crowns.
“Of course, they had to make an ACM Awards Entertainer tie and make sure a man still wins, he can’t allow a deserving, hard-working woman to have it alone this year,” a viewer said on Twitter. “Above this s – t.”
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“The ACM Awards with TIE for Artist of the Year ?! The best generation trophies to participate in,” said another. “The next will be a draw in the World Series, where both teams win! Lost mentality.”
Seriously?!? What would you tell her? “… When you can’t have an Entertainer of the Year on your own … and it has to be shared with a man,” one fan said angrily, referring to Mickey’s Guyton pro-female anthem, “What Will You Tell Her?”
The viewer added: “You all know that at the moment no one compares to @carrieunderwood!
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Another Twitter user replied that the Country Music Academy should be “SHAMEFUL”.
“They know @carrieunderwood is so merciful; I would tell them to take their prize and push it,” they said.
“I’m furious. You couldn’t let a woman win on her own. It’s ridiculous and so embarrassing,” said a viewer.
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“I just don’t understand why they didn’t have a new round of voting in which people chose between Carrie and Thomas Rhett,” a fan suggested. “Imagine a Super Bowl or a World Series game that ends in a draw.”
However, there were a handful of people who were happy to see both artists collect the award.
“CONGRATULATIONS x2 to our favorites for EOTY, CARRIE & THOMAS !!! We love you both so much !!” exploded a fan, adding a series of emoticons.
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“Seriously, congratulations to @ThomasRhett as well. He always looked like a nice, real person,” said another. “@Carrieunderwood and @ThomasRhett always strive to give glory to God, and tonight they both won.”
A third said the equality was “deserved”.