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Stapleton takes ACM Album of the Year

Sunday, April 3, 2016 – Chris Stapleton took a second award - for Album of the Year for "Traveller" at the 51st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday.

"Unbelievable, Garth Brooks just gave me an award from Iowa, I think," he said jokingly.

Brooks actually was in the middle of a concert in Ottawa, Canada, when he broke to hand out the honor - well via technology anyway.

Stapleton also won an award as producer of the disc along with Dave Cobb.

Stapleton thanked his wife, Morgan, and "everyone who worked on this record...Everybody worked so hard." Cobb also thanked everybody "who bought the record."

Stapleton won the honor over Chris Young for "I'm Comin' Over," Sam Hunt for "Montevallo," Eric Church for "Mr. Misunderstood" and Thomas Rhett for "Tangled Up."

Stapleton previously took Song of the Year for "Nobody to Blame."

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