Miranda Lambert took home the night's biggest award at the 2022 ACM Awards on Monday night (March 7). The country singer won Entertainer of the Year in the annual awards show. It's Lambert's first-ever win in the category, and she wasn't even there to enjoy it.

The "If I Was a Cowboy" singer missed her first ACM Awards in 17 years due to a commitment at the C2C Festival in Europe this week. She was able to offer some remarks via a video message, however.

"I've been waiting for this for a really, really long time. I actually never thought it would happen," Lambert admitted, wearing a Fleetwood Mac T-shirt.

"This one goes out to all the girls out there ... we did it!"

The singer faced off against Luke Combs, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood for the most prestigious award of the night during the 2022 ACM Awards, which streamed live on Amazon Prime live from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

The Texan was indeed a perennial nominee for most of the last 10 years, but her name was never called — even as she won a record streak of Female Artist of the Year trophies and multiple Album of the Year honors. A whole lot of Miranda Lambert fans waited a very long time for this.

Chris Young led the ACM Awards nominations with seven, including Album of the Year and Single of the Year, but did not win any. Lambert tied a record set by Reba McEntire with her 16th Female Artist of the Year nomination, and she also earned four other nominations, while first-time nominee Walker Hayes received five nominations.

Remember: The best way to watch the 2022 ACMs is on Amazon Prime, with ToC on your phone!

2022 ACM Red Carpet Pictures

Country stars brought glitz, glamor and drama to the red carpet ahead of the 2022 ACM Awards

2022 ACM Awards Nominations: Snubs and Surprises

This is not the same 'ol list of ACM Awards nominees. One of the biggest categories seems to have completely turned over, while a major winner from 2021 was snubbed in a major way.

Chris Young leads all nominees — who saw that coming? — and Morgan Wallen is back. What some would say is the best album of 2021 was forgotten, and an artist everyone thought could represent the next generation of female stars was shut out.

Needless to say, the 2022 version of the ACM Awards Nominations: Snubs and Surprises list is very, very interesting.

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