48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards Live Blog!

Welcome to our live blog of the 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards!

Previewing the show, look for an opening performance by cohosts Blake Shelton & Luke Bryan joined by Brad Paisley and the Pistol Annies on Blake’s new single “Boys ‘Round Here,” which is about the stuff nobody in country music talks about anymore: trucks, beer, and being proud of being a small-minded redneck. Kelly Clarkson will perform her current country single “Don’t Rush” with a cowriter of her smash duet, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” Jason Sellers. Carrie Underwood will perform her most recent #1 hit “Two Black Cadillacs,” and is expected to be joined on stage by two black Cadillacs. Keith Urban will contribute his signature guitar work while two people he sings better than, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift, perform Tim’s current smash “The Highway Don’t Care.” And reigning ACM New Artist Of The Year Scotty McCreery will present.

Other performances will include Luke Bryan’s debut of his new single “Crash My Party,” Hunter Hayes’s debut of his new single “I Want Crazy” (Hunter is expected to perform with Stevie Wonder), Brad Paisley performances with Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, and John Mayer, Miranda Lambert’s performance of the Kacey Musgraves co-penned “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and a special joint performance by legends George Strait and Garth Brooks to honor Dick Clark.

As far as the awards, Carrie Underwood is up for Female Vocalist Of The Year and Album Of The Year. Numbers and critical acclaim for her singles and concerts favor her in the Female Vocalist category but the ACM nominations showed the continued strength of “power couple” coalition pushing Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert to the forefront of these awards. Neither of those two is nominated for Album Of The Year (because neither has an eligible album), but Eric Church’s 2011 album Chief likely has the edge by virtue of even greater critical acclaim and (for now) total sales in his second consecutive year nominated in that category. That Album category is also noteworthy to see if Taylor Swift can pull out a win for an album that can’t by any reasonable definition be considered country.

Speaking of LOLzy outcomes, Taylor is the favorite to pull out a win in the Entertainer Of The Year category, now a battle between feverishly voting interns at labels, management companies, and PR firms fanbases because the award is based on a combination of fan votes and industry votes. With Shania Twain presenting the award, look for a Taylor shocked face to close out the night. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have a strong chance at having a good night in the Vocalist Of The Year categories and Song Of The Year category despite more deserving nominees. However, this could be a breakout night for Luke Bryan, who is coming off big album and download sales from 2011′s Tailgates & Tanlines, even if they were based on embarrassing songs like “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” and embarrassing lines like “you make my speakers go boom boom.”

Whatever happens, Blake and Luke are rightfully expected to be entertaining cohosts, because they are both handsome, goofy, and quick-witted guys who at their best are more than capable of making good, hilarious TV. But will they make fun of Taylor Swift? Barring a Kanye West or Faith Hill-type incident, these shows are always more about the performances than the awards. So be sure & tune in, and don’t be shy about saying what you think!

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  • Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Eric Church already won Vocal Event Of The Year for their generic collaboration “The Only Way I Know.” Kelly Clarkson was nominated in this category with Vince Gill for “Don’t Rush,” but this win was about the three most successful guys in country music coming together for a song, any song.
  • Little Big Town won Video Of The Year for “Tornado.” Look for them to pick up another trophy as Vocal Group Of the Year.

This may be a long night. Already trying to recover the first half hour of my live blog.

Blake Shelton kicks off the night with “Boys Round Here.” Luke Bryan joins him after a couple of lines and proceeds to outcheeese and outperform Blake on his new song. Sheryl Crow comes in for the second verse and let me just say that I didn’t really ask to hear Sheryl Crow “rap.” The Pistol Annies are the next group too talented for this song but singing it anyway. Brad Paisley avoids having to sing the song, but closes with some guitar riffs.

And it’s time for Blake and Luke’s monologue! We have tight jeans and genitalia jokes already. Oh dear. Carrie is shown good-naturedly covering her mom’s ears. Jokes about Kelly and Carrie’s respective happy love lives ensue en route to Luke and Blake jabbing each other again, followed by a shout out to Lady Antebellum‘s pregnant Hillary Scott and a crude remaking of their smash “Need You Now.” The ladies all take their shout outs gamely. There are no Taylor jokes. Ahem. Luke’s timing is kind of awkward and only some of the jokes landed (like the one where Luke snarked on Blake when discussing how the show Nashville is about an older fading star threatened by a younger, good looking upstart, and the one when Luke asked which one of the Duck Dynasty guys is Zac Brown. Speaking of Zac Brown, the Zac Brown Band is nominated tonight but not in attendance. Shame.). It’s all kind of forced from both of our hosts.

Kenny Chesney is out to perform “Pirate Flag,” which is convenient because of all the pirate flags that just happen to be in the audience.

After a prolonged commercial break that it turns out was there to give Blake and Luke time to get over to the Orleans Arena for the ACM Fan Jam hosted by Brad Paisley, our hosts introduce Brad, Hunter Hayes, and Dierks Bentley for a performance of “Outstanding In Our Field,” a track off Brad’s Wheelhouse, which comes out 4/9. Dierks probably comes out of this sounding the best vocally but that isn’t saying a whole lot. Hunter guitar duels with Brad a little, and we have projection “Roger Miller” joining the production.

Back at the MGM Grand, it’s King George Strait performing his current single, “Give It All We Got Tonight.” The man is 60 and I’m grateful he hasn’t been ushered out of the lineup for these shows.

Gary Allan, who deserved a nomination and performance slot tonight for “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)” introduces Eric Church who performs a stripped-down version of his current single, “Like Jesus Does.” Eric isn’t a great singer but you wouldn’t know it from this performance. It’s heartfelt and despite the black/white camera gimmick, it’s sincere and effective. I would love to be able to say I recognized his lovely backup singer, but I don’t. I’ll come back in with an ID when I know it. Edit: That might have been Ruby Amanfu, as per Slant’s Jonathan Keefe. Or Valerie June per @CountryonVEVO, who seems to be sure. No confirmation yet.

Florida-Georgia Line performs a short version of their smash hit (now crossing over with an assist from Nelly) “Cruise.” This is where I feel grateful the New Artist nominee performances are short.

Lady Antebellum performs “Downtown,” from their upcoming album. Lots of tight shots of the very pregnant Hillary Scott. Solid performance.

45 minutes into the show, we have our 1st award of the night, for Vocal Duo Of The Year! Gotta love that the Sugarland clip is for a song released in 2010. That’s how thin this category is.

  • Michelle Stafford and befuddled San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick present the ACM for Vocal Duo Of The Year to Thompson Square.

Brantley Gilbert performs a short version of “More Than Miles,” and ends with a shoutout to his famously rabid BG Nation.

Carrie Underwood performs next!

Carrie breaks out a classic 50s look with red lipstick and a black dress for a killer performance of “Two Black Cadillacs.” She makes her entrance in a black cadillac, and she rocks out her deliciously evil song amidst a foggy cemetery background. Standing ovation at the end of the performance.

  • Miranda Lambert and John Fogerty present the ACM for Album Of The Year to a very deserving Eric Church, though Miranda doesn’t seem too thrilled after Eric’s comments about Blake in Rolling Stone last year. The awkwardness is minimal though as Miranda smiles when she has to. Eric acknowledges John Fogerty’s presence and gives a short speech thanking his producer, his wife, and his son and the people who believe in his music.

Blake steps out for an acoustic performance of “Sure Be Cool If You Did.” It’s a lame song but to give Blake credit, he can sing and the acoustic presentation highlights that. To give Blake more credit, he has stayed true to his word about taking care of a Voice season 2 contestant whom he cut, Gwen Sebastian,, who sings on his album and backs him on this performance.

The Band Perry rocks out an incredibly high energy version of their current single “Done.” Kimberly Perry has a great voice but she misses more than a few notes here for the sake of the performance. Still, who is going to mess with them after this show?

Jana Kramer warbles her way through a wobbly version of her current single “Whiskey.”

  • Scotty McCreery presents the fan-voted ACM New Artist Of The Year award to Florida-Georgia Line.

Jason Aldean, backed by a bunch of dancing girls, is now performing “1994.” He’s too serious about this song, and it almost feels like he’s really concentrating on hitting the notes. And there’ s no Joe Diffie appearance!

  • Jake Owen and Kaley Cuoco from Big Bang Theory present the ACM for Vocal Group Of The Year to Little Big Town, who thank everybody they can.

Miranda Lambert is looking fly in a tight fitting glittery charcoal gray dress and heels as she performs “Mama’s Broken Heart.” She talk sings some of it and she can’t rock out the song like she wants to because of the dress. Her facial expressions make up for it, and she has a lot of fun playing a crazy gal. Not the most pleasant vocal but if you’re ever going to get away with that, it’s on a song like this.

Kacey Musgraves and Sheryl Crow present the ACM for Song Of The Year to “Overrated” “Over You,” cowritten by Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. Blake gives a touching speech about how much he’s learned from his wife about songwriting. Blake and Miranda are actually good and great songwriters, respectively. It just doesn’t show on the song they just won for.

Little Big Town is out to perform their new single, “On Your Side Of The Bed,” a song about a disintegrating marriage. They are accompanied by two aerial dancers in a vertical bed. As usual, LBT is nailing this vocally. The leads on this song are Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook, who are happily married to each other.

  • Chris Young and Nancy O’Dell present the ACM for Single Of The Year to Miranda Lambert for “Over You.” *le sigh* It was easily the least successful and least deserving out of the nominees. Miranda gives a nice speech and thanks the industry for accepting her as a songwriter as well as a singer.

Faith Hill introduces Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban for “Highway Don’t Care.” Tim McGraw is singing the harmony part of the chorus here and the main part is inaudible if anybody is singing it. I guess the main part was too high for Tim to sing live? Taylor is in the background and has a few pitch wobbles but nothing too bad. To be honest, she sounds better & stronger than Tim. Keith comes out for a scorching guitar solo that is the most charismatic part of the song, and Taylor and Tim join him at the front stage. Ouch, that was a little sour note from Taylor there but on the bright side, there was only one and it’s clear she’s worked on her singing. Keith brings the song home.

Over at the Orleans Arena, LL Cool J introduces Brad Paisley and John Mayer for a performance of Brad’s current single, “Beat This Summer.” Brad’s mic sounds like it is too low, or maybe he doesn’t have the vocal power the recovered John Mayer has? Maybe a little bit of both because the mix isn’t getting any better for Brad.

Luke Bryan debuts his new single “Crash My Party,” starting at the piano and ending with lasers. Not his best vocal actually, and it’s not exactly an exciting song.

The great Trisha Yearwood introduces Kelly Clarkson for a lovely performance of “Don’t Rush.” How many awards shows in a row has it been now where Idol alums have given the best vocal performances by far? Because you can add the ACMs to the list.

Former AI t40 contestant Tori Kelly and Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier introduce a Jewel mashup of “Hands” and Tori’s “Fill A Heart” to support ConAgra’s Child Hunger Ends Here initiative.

  • Willie and Korie Robertson of Duck Dynasty present the ACM for Male Vocalist Of The Year to Jason Aldean. OMG Upset! Not really since Jason is so successful but I sure didn’t think there was any breaking the power couple’s hold on the Vocalist titles. Jason is genuinely surprised, acknowledges his fellow nominees, and thanks everybody for letting him do what he loves.

Reba is out to a HUGE standing ovation to introduce George Strait and Garth Brooks for a special performance to honor Dick Clark. King George sings “The Cowboy Rides Away” and Garth, who sounds great, sings “The Dance.” A duet would’ve been fantastic but this is a Grade A, class performance.

  • Keith Urban is introduced as the “no fly zone” between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. Heh. He presents Female Vocalist Of The Year to Miranda Lambert. Oh well. She acknowledges that Carrie (who stood up immediately to applaud Miranda) deserves the award, and weeps at how far she’s come from dreaming big dreams to watching Shania Twain perform while she (Miranda) gets to sit with Faith Hill, Reba, and Kelly Clarkson.

Hunter Hayes is up debuting his new single “I Want Crazy.” Wobbly at times but an improvement over his recent award show performances. There are balloons. Nice, high-energy, catchy tune, then Hunter introduces Stevie Wonder for a performance of “Sir Duke.” More high energy, more wobbly vocals, but fun.

  • Shania Twain, at the ACMs for the 1st time in 10 years, arrives to present Entertainer Of The Year to Luke Bryan. SHOCKER for real! Luke didn’t even a headline a tour last year (he opened for Jason Aldean last year), but this is his year to explode and his tour this year will be one of the year’s biggest in country. He is genuinely overwhelmed, speechless, and a little weepy. He talks about his humble country singer dreams, thanks his wife, his label, his management, and all the guys he’s opened for, including Jason and Tim. He thanks country radio. He promises he will never take this defining moment of his life for granted.

Blake hilariously congratulates Luke for winning Entertainer Of The Year in his 1st and last year of cohosting. LOL! Luke thanks Blake for helping him through the night after kissing him copiously on the cheek. They introduce Stevie Wonder for a closing performance of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” which Blake and Luke join as Shania and Faith sing along from the crowd. Of course, Taylor is still dancing, as she has been all night and maybe since the Grammys.

And that’s a wrap! Well, at least there were a couple surprises. What were your favorite performances of the night? For me, I’d say Mike Fisher’s response to a Carrie fan wins the night:

Tweet to Mike

Dear @mikefisher1212 , please write a song and sing with @carrieunderwood so we can have a new country power couple!

Mike’s reply

I’m working on it. Country looks like its heading in the rap direction so I’m all good

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Scotty was already on the Red Carpet, too quick!! He announced that See You Tonight is his new single…:)

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    The Boot ?@thebootdotcom13m

    Our #ACMs best dressed (so far) picks: @kramergirl, @ScottyMcCreery, @ladyantebellum & @ChrisYoungMusic http://www.theboot.com/2013/04/07/acm-awards-pictures-2013/

  • FinalFantasy13

    I wish carrie and kelly were singing different songs.. I’m over 2 black cadillacs after hearing it a billion times on the radio and everywhere else…

    and to be honest kelly’s voice is far to big to be singing don’t rush..

  • supersonic

    I’m only checking this out for Keith. So, watch him be in the last hour.

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Blake and Luke…not Brad and Carrie. I’m not happy with the vulgarity.

  • chillj

    Scrotum humor, a first for awards shows I believe.

  • Myrrna

    All of the chemistry of oil and water and crappy writing.

  • FinalFantasy13

    not sure how i feel about blake and luke hosting, to me they are too much alike.. I feel like it runs better when you have a serious person and a funny person..

  • http://twitter.com/Gemini_Dolly J3$$!C@

    what happened with Reba hosting?

  • heartly

    She just decided to step down and focus on her other projects.

  • http://twitter.com/Gemini_Dolly J3$$!C@

    I agree with dont rush. Kelly has a big voice and this song doesnt do anything for her vocals.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol Not surprised that Blake would go there.

  • Myrrna

    Great song by Eric Church

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m not a big country fan, but I like some artists and respect the fact that (almost) all of these performers can sing well live.

  • chillj

    That Eric Church performance was terrific. I know nothing about him, but that was really nice.

  • db987

    And then FGL came on and performed

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Am I the only one that found Blake’s new song a hot mess? You gonna try and sing a song about being redneck/country/southern whatev but turn into a half rap nonsense. Maybe I’m just bitter cause the people who are really making solid COUNTRY MUSIC seem to be overlooked every year for this mainstream nonsense.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I just tuned in and must have missed them. Good. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I read that LA’s new album features Hilary Scott much more prominently than Charles Kelley. I’m not a fan of LA, but is this true and a good thing? She seems like a weaker vocalist than Charles.

  • mchcat

    Carrie looks so pretty

  • FinalFantasy13

    hmm carrie’s vocals were shaky espically in the beginning she looked nervous.. but she is so pretty I almost don’t even care.

  • http://twitter.com/Gemini_Dolly J3$$!C@

    Carrie has killer legs.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Hey! Is one of Blake’s backup singers (on his left) a former “The Voice” contestant? She looks familiar.

    ETA: I think that he name was “Gwen” or something like that?

  • jcabby

    Whoa! I totally forgot. I’m not sure if it’s her.

  • chillj

    He can do what he wants; he’s a hunka hunka burnin’ love. I may hafta scratch Jon Bon Jovi from my bucket list and insert Blake.

  • chillj

    I see people I recognize backing up a lot lately; then I go crazy trying to identify them.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “he’s a hunka hunka burnin’ love”

    lmao! Really? I really don’t find Blake sexy, but he’s nice looking and more goofy to me. Now, JBJ is a whole ‘nother story. lol

  • heartly

    It is. She’s been on the road with him almost since she got off the show. She also gets a “featured” credit on the song “My Eyes” on his new album.

  • HopeForMusic

    I’m just thinking how nice it is that Carrie classes things up after the hosts’ “locker room” talk, and then out comes Miranda. I appreciate Carrie keeping it classy.

  • chillj

    I just like his towering enormousness. I have a thing for big guys.

  • jcabby

    I really like The Band Perry, but the lead singer is totally losing her breath in that song. LOL. The band does have great stage presence and are fun.

  • chillj

    That sure is one ugly pair of shoes she has on.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “his towering enormousness”

    lmao! Yes, Blake is that!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638805698 Jason Scott

    I thought she sounded great.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Scotty is looking very sharp tonight.

  • Indigobunting

    lol, did they just cut Scotty off?

    Eric Church looked uncharacteristically suave during his album acceptance

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Thanks! It’s cool that Blake supports his former team members. I remember that she was a very good singer.

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    I agree. When I saw them last year at CMA Fest, I was surprised by how tinny (to my ears) her voice was. Charles Kelly has a much stronger voice…

  • chillj

    These guys all seem to have discovered stretch jeans.

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Daggum, I wish they’d had more Scotty and less of some of the rest. So, now, I’m done for the night. Too little country and I’ll look up George and Garth here tomorrow? Thanks.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    windmills wrote:

    Speaking of LOLzy outcomes, Taylor is the favorite to pull out a win in the Entertainer Of The Year category, now a battle between feverishly voting interns at labels, management companies, and PR firms fanbases because the award is based on a combination of fan votes and industry votes.

    Well, Taylor has almost 26 million twitter followers so her fans should spam the heck out of that award. lol

  • chillj

    Ew.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Except for Jason Aldean who is still wearing ripped and torn jeans. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree. Plus, Charles’ voice is very distinctive.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Miranda isn’t impressing me in this performance.

  • iluvai

    Miranda Lambert is adorable.

  • iluvai

    awww, I liked it.

  • keware

    Miranda has no dancing rythym at all. Nobody should criticize Carrie after watching that awkwardness.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’ve liked Miranda in other performances, but I wasn’t fond of this song or performance.

  • chillj

    That bed dance is bizarre.

  • Myrrna

    LBT’s harmonies are fantastic

  • iluvai

    I could do without the bedroom/bed dancers. Wow, that’s so cheesy.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Was “Over You” the song that Cassadee Pope sang on TV and it sold really well on iTunes?

  • iluvai

    I saw your post seconds after I posted mine so I was like awww…. I totally respect your opinion. :)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol I had the same reaction – “cheesy”!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I didn’t think that Miranda was bad tonight, but IMO she’s been so much better in a lot of other performances.

  • db987

    yes

  • chillj

    Yup. I actually like Cassadee’s version better.

  • chillj

    I was concerned about them staying aloft. That has to be tricky.

  • db987

    Loved LBT’s song but the bed was a little weird and the performers were not staying on their own side of the bed like the song said.LOL

  • Indigobunting

    I liked it too- love Miranda, the performance and the song. I also love Over You, but I don’t think it deserved two awards- Eli Young or Church (for Springsteen) should have had that one

  • db987

    TBP rocked out their performance but I am not fond of that song.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Tim is singing with Taylor?? WTF? Please, just no.

  • Myrrna

    I like this

  • jcabby

    Keith!! Great guitar riffs.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Great guitar solo by Keith!

    ETA: This song isn’t bad, but it would be so much better with a stronger female vocalist than Taylor.

  • vdawg

    I do not see what people see in Over You. I know the story behind it but that does not make it a good song. I will be glad when Blake and Miranda winning everything is over.

  • jcabby

    Best part of the song was Keith’s guitar playing. Wow!

  • Myrrna

    At this point, it may be the cabernet but I like this too.

  • chillj

    Taylor is doing sultry tonight; I have never seen her do sultry before, I thought she only did wholesome.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    windmills wrote:

    Keith comes out for a scorching guitar solo that is the most charismatic part of the song

    Absolutely agree! Keith really made that song for me.

  • FinalFantasy13

    kelly sounds nice but this song is so boring lol…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Taylor is trying to transition to a more adult artist, appealing to a more mature audience, but I’m not sure if she’s succeeding yet at doing “sultry”.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It isn’t the most exciting song, but I like it.

  • supersonic

    This. I only paid attention to Keith during that performance. I don’t know why I’m shocked that Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift have a song together, but I am.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=754136041 Jason Gorny

    LOL @ Taylor. People are getting sick of her now.

  • Myrrna

    Garth needs to grow a ‘stache or shave his chin.

  • http://twitter.com/Gemini_Dolly J3$$!C@

    Now this is country music I enjoy.. garth Brooks, george strait

  • fuzzywuzzy

    windmills wrote:

    How many awards shows in a row has it been now where Idol alums have given the best vocal performances by far? Because you can add the ACMs to the list.

    I love that Carrie and Kelly can absolutely be counted on to give great vocal performances on these live shows. They always come through when the pressure is on.

  • http://twitter.com/Gemini_Dolly J3$$!C@

    Kelly’s sounded good, but that song does her no justice. Cant wait until she performs PEOPLE LIKE US on Idol. She will slay that one for dinner.

  • db987

    Not a hunter hater but perhaps he should just let Stevie sing

  • Indigobunting

    Garth was fantastic, wow!

    Hunter is such a cutie, and very confident, accomplished performer. Love the performance with STevie Wonder.

  • falafel

    I generally like him, but he sounded kind of awful tonight. Maybe it was the sound, dunno, but Garth and George and most others have sounded good.

  • db987

    I actually like him but he was off in both performances.

  • weareallinnocent

    who’s the kid ruining Stevie’s song?! booo…

  • falafel

    Taylor Swift makes me feel like a cranky old lady yelling at those kids to get off my lawn.

  • falafel

    …Wut?

  • supersonic

    Whoa. How’d this guy beat Taylor Swift?

  • Nostradamas

    I miss Keith Whitley….this shit sucks….

  • jcabby

    Luke and Blake’s bromance. LOL

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’ll bet that Taylor is truly shocked at this loss. lol

  • Nostradamas

    WTF?!?! Stevie Wonder?!?! For the love of God, this shit ain’t country…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I love Stevie, but him closing the ACM’s? WTF?

  • falafel

    LOL, this show is a hot mess.

  • tucker davis

    Luke Bryan’s another Leesburg boy…must be something in the water.

  • Nostradamas

    BTW, Faith Hill is looking scary skinny….

  • Larc

    Maybe because he can sing on pitch without having to rely on Auto-Tune?

  • http://twitter.com/tle2000 Taylor

    WGWG from Leesburg, GA beat Taylor Swift in an awards show!!! WOW Luke!!

  • falafel

    When has that ever stopped her before?

  • supersonic

    She’s already writing a song about it.

  • Larc

    It saves her from having to do her “Who, little old me?” act. ;)

  • kayd23

    To me Garth, Kelly, and Hunter were the best part of the show. I love Hunter. His album is so good and he is so talented. I do not think that there is an instrument that Hunter can’t play.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=754136041 Jason Gorny

    Well I’m happy Taylor didn’t win anything. She is no longer country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=754136041 Jason Gorny

    I didn’t mind. People in the crowd and audience were enjoying it. So that’s good. Plus she looked beautiful!

  • blackberryharvest

    I’m actually glad Luke won. For me, he was the lesser of the evils. Miranda is good, but I’m kind of tired of seeing her win everything. Taylor doesn’t deserve a country award. I’m not a fan of Jason’s “country rap” thing he has going on and his new song is terrible. Blake, like his wife, I’m tired of seeing win everything and how his mediocre songs are being rewarded. Also not a fan of the old farts comment and how he sold himself out to cater to his “The Voice” fans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638805698 Jason Scott

    Well, clearly, Taylor’s fans didn’t vote hard enough. Heh. :)

  • 1rollbounce2

    Kelly and Miranda are like the Oprah and Gayle of music. (i haven’t placed kelly firmly in the “country” of music yet. lol)

  • taylor

    I’m pretty sure they had it set up that way, for Hunter to help Stevie with the song. The last couple of performances I’ve seen from Stevie have been a little shaky. Stevie’s voice could be getting weak with age and he needed some help on the high parts or maybe he was under the weather this weekend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bweitzel Becky Weitzel

    Did no one listen when they said he was one of Dick Clark’s (former producer of the ACMs) best friends? That’s why they had him there. I know he’s not country but still lol.

  • dd999

    So much of what they call country today, doesn’t sound very country to me. Seems like its been evolving more and more into pop music.

  • http://twitter.com/TylerWV TylerWV

    Not much country tonight and some friends in high places awards instead of merit, as usual.

  • http://twitter.com/TylerWV TylerWV

    Shes doing sultry because of her new boob job. She does look good though.

  • LongKissGoodnight

    I’m so glad for Eric Church for winning Album Of The Year!
    Such a great record, for me effortlessly withstanding test of time.
    Very well deserved!

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Well, it was an entertaining evening with Kelly’s performance being a favorite!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I missed that, but nevertheless, did Dick Clark not have any friends who were country singers whose appearance wouldn’t have been so WTF?

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    My daughter changes the channel as soon as that song comes on…ugh.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Glad some of the younger generation still appreciates what Country Music is REALLY about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bweitzel Becky Weitzel

    Haha I guess that was the reason for George and Garth? Lol. You would think they woulda tried but Stevie is a pretty big name so I guess they thought it wouldn’t matter lol.

  • SaSa8

    No, it was a pretaped piece that they went to after Scotty spoke. After rewatching the video, you can tell they did not cut him off. He looked and sounded good, not nervous like some of the other presenters IMO.

  • Annie

    Gorgeous Hair Extensions at the Academy of Country Music Awards

    The Academy of Country Music Awards aired on Sunday night, and we all had a chance to see the cream of the country crop arrive in style. No one believes in big hair quite like country stars, and they once again showed us how Southern style is done. Carrie Underwood, Jewel, and Sheryl Crow rocked blonde locks in all different shades, affirming that the season for lighter hair has begun. Using gorgeous hair extensions from LOX, you can go from country bumpkin to belle of the ball in just a few easy steps. Our favorite look, compliments of Kimberly Perry, was effortless, sexy, and perfect for spring.

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    About the Author

    Angela Trpcevski has been in the hair and beauty industry since 2007. When she isn’t uncovering the brightest and best beauty trends, she is studying English and spending time on several writing projects. Angela is also a blog contributor forBianchi’s Salon & Spa and LOX Extensions.