2016 Billboard Music Awards — Country Winners List
Bryan received Top Country Artist, while Stapleton earned Top Country Album. Rhett, meanwhile, was honored with Top Country Song, for his smash hit "Die a Happy Man."
“This is incredible," Rhett said while accepting his honor. "Never in a million years did I think that being a songwriter sitting on a bus writing a song about who we love would win an award like this."
Rhett was the only country artist to accept an award during the BBMA's three-hour broadcast ceremony. Other nominated acts included Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band, among others. Country-turned-pop star Taylor Swift was also nominated for eight awards, including Top Artist; she took home one of them, Top Touring Artist.
A full list of winners is available on Billboard‘s website.
2016 Billboard Music Awards -- Country Winners
Top Country Artist
Zac Brown Band
Luke Bryan -- WINNER
Top Country Album
Chris Stapleton, Traveller -- WINNER
Luke Bryan, Kill the Lights
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde
Carrie Underwood, Storyteller
Top Country Song
Sam Hunt, “Break Up in a Small Town”
Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Thomas Rhett, “Die a Happy Man” -- WINNER
Chris Young, “I’m Comin’ Over”
Top Christian Album
Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be -- WINNER
Hillsong UNITED, Empires
Joey + Rory, Hymns That Are Important to Us
TobyMac, This Is Not a Test
Chris Tomlin, Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship
Billboard Chart Achievement Award
Little Big Town
Rihanna -- WINNER
Country's Greatest Love Stories