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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: Male Artist of the Year award winner Thomas Rhett poses in the press room during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for ACM)

Thomas Rhett is feeling great today as he returns to Nashville carrying his Male Artist of the Year Award from the ACMs in Las Vegas.

He said backstage after the win, “We never go into awards shows assuming or expecting anything. We’re just glad to be there, glad to be nominated.”

Thomas was thrilled to win, but he would have been happy for anyone in his category to have been the winner because he says, “I was just looking at that card they gave me, just looking at those names in that category, like, I said this up there … actually, I don’t know what I said, I think I rambled a lot, but like all those people in that category, man, are like truly like my best friends and I listen to their music and we hang out and the fact that like their music has shaped who I am and I’ve took a lot of things from them and gone, ‘Gosh, I love that, can we try to do something for me in that vein.’ It’s just really, really such an honor to win that award.”

Rhett continued, “It just gave me affirmation, honestly. It is really cool going into an awards show knowing that you’re nominated, first of all. And I know that I say this all the time, it’s the most cliché comment ever, but truly, just to be nominated is a dream come true.”

-Nancy Brooks