LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jason Aldean has won his third consecutive entertainer of the year trophy at the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards.
Aldean says "it's been a rough year," referring to the Route 91 Harvest Festival, where a lone gunman killed 58 people at the country music event. Aldean was onstage when the gunfire started.
He thanked to the people who "showed us love and support over the last six months."
Of the victims, Aldean said, "You guys are in our hearts always."
The ACM Awards brought the country music community back to Las Vegas six months after the massive shooting occurred. Aldean closed his speech by telling the audience: "We love Las Vegas. Vegas strong."