Over the years, Thomas Rhett has had plenty of time to imagine what winning Entertainer of the Year might feel like.
So, when it finally happened at last week’s ACM Awards, he said, “It truly has been a dream of mine since day one. There’s countless times where my manager, Virginia, has asked me, ‘What are your goals for the next five years? What are your goals for the next ten years?’ And winning Entertainer of the Year was definitely #1 on the list.”
Hearing Keith Urban call his name, and then finding out that he and Carrie Underwood were tied for the award only added to the surreal moment. Thomas shared, “It made me feel like I’m not the new guy anymore, if that makes any sense. You know, just being such a huge fan of Carrie since I can remember, since I was 15 or 16 years old, and winning such an iconic award with her, it just solidified a lot of things for me.”
Rhett added, “It’s such a weird year to not work and to be super uncertain about a lot of stuff. But I think this was a big pat on the back for just, the amount of hours we’ve put into rehearsing and improvising and making our show as best as it could possibly be. And this is such a dream, I don’t know how to put it into words.”
Thomas’ wife Lauren posted to her Instagram over the weekend, “A couple of days late, but we’ve been hiking mountains with the @acmawards entertainer of the year. I could not be more proud of you @thomasrhettakins and your whole incredibly talented band, crew, management and the people who have cheered you on since day 1 who you couldn’t have done this without life is so fun with y’all getting a front row seat to watch you live out your dreams.”