ACM Awards Wrap-Up

Well the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music awards are in the books. Last night the awards show was definitely dressed to fit Las Vegas with plenty of glitz, glamor, and upsets. Here’s ATC’s final wrap up of the night’s big winners as well as how I did with my predictions. Just a heads up, I didn’t do too well.

Let’s start with some of the performances. The night began with the television debut of Carrie Underwood’s new smash single, “Good Girl.” From there everyone who is anyone in the country genre took the stage. Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney with Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, and Blake Shelton were some of the artists to perform during the telecast. The best performance though I would have to say was Dierks Bentley’s performance of “Home.” I don’t think I’ve ever heard him sound as fantastic as he did last night. If I had to pick the worst performance it would definitely be Toby Keith’s performance of “Red Solo Cup” which just left me baffled and confused.

I think Blake and Reba did a pretty good job with the hosting duties. I felt like Blake was more relaxed this year than he was last year. Last year he seemed nervous and not quite himself whereas this year he seemed to be into it more. I especially loved the bit about Taylor Swift and Tim Tebow, that was classic! Other than that I thought they were trying to hard to be funny at times, especially when the material wasn’t as funny as they might have thought. Even though they seemed to have good chemistry between them, I think I prefer Reba as a solo host.

Now on to the winners. Kenny Chesney led the nominations with nine, but unfortunately left the awards show empty handed. There were a few major upsets during the telecast as well. First off “Crazy Girl,” the smash hit from Eli Young Band, came out of no where to claim Song of the Year honors. Also, Miranda Lambert claimed her third Album of the Year trophy as Four the Record beat out favorites Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum. The biggest upset though came the night before when the Duo of the Year award was presented to Thompson Square during their performance at an ACM concert. Not so surprising, Taylor Swift claimed her second Entertainer of the Year trophy. Here’s the run down of winners as well as who I predicted would win.

Entertainer of the Year

Winner: Taylor Swift

Prediction: Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the Year

Winner: Blake Shelton

Prediction: Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year

Winner: Miranda Lambert

Prediction: Miranda Lambert

Duo of the Year

Winner: Thompson Square (much deserved!!)

Prediction: Sugarland

Group of the Year

Winner: Lady Antebellum

Prediction: Lady Antebellum

New Artist of the Year

Winner: Scotty McCreery

Prediction: Scotty McCreery

Album of the Year

Winner: Four the Record – Miranda Lambert

Prediction: My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean

Single Record of the Year

Winner: “Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson

Prediction: “You and Tequila” – Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter

Song of the Year

Winner: “Crazy Girl” – Eli Young Band

Prediction: “You and Tequila” – Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter

Video of the Year

Winner: “Red Solo Cup” – Toby Keith

Prediction: “Tattoos on this Town” – Jason Aldean

Vocal Event of the Year

Winner: “Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson

Prediction: “You and Tequila” – Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter

Out of the 11 possible categories I made my picks for, I only correctly predicted 5. I think that proves just how difficult it was to make predictions this year! That wraps up all our awards coverage for the season…kinda sad! I guess we’ll talk about awards later on this year as we gear up for the CMA’s this fall!

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