Monday, April 20, 2015

ACM Award Recap

George Strait on the ACM Awards - from
Last night, the Academy of Country Music took over Dallas with their 50th anniversary of the ACM Awards.  There were highlights and low lights, but in all, there was something for everyone.

Luke Bryan took home the trophy for Entertainer of the Year.  Back in 2007, he was opening for Josh Turner and Sara Evans out on tour.  His merchandise manager, Cole Swindell, took home the trophy for New Artist of the Year.  Fellow Georgia native, Jason Aldean, received Male Vocalist of the Year, beating out Blake Shelton.

Miranda Lambert dominated the awards by taking home Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. 

For the first time in so many years, Brooks N Dunn was not nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year.   However, someone else missing was Montgomery Gentry.  Florida-Georgia Line took home the honors this year.  They also won for Vocal Event of the Year with Luke Bryan with “This is How We Roll.”

Little Big Town were named Vocal Group of the Year while Lee Brice was very shocked to hear that he received Single Record of the Year for “I Don’t Dance” on his 2 year wedding anniversary.

Personally, I would have loved to have seen Dierks Bentley take home Song of the Year for “I Hold On.”  He did win for Video of the Year with “Drunk On A Plane.”

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the ACM Awards made history with breaking the Guinness Book of World Records with 70,252 in attendance – the most in award show history. 

Lady Antebellum - ACM Awards
Touching moments of the night included seeing Randy Travis in the audience and being recognized.  Taylor Swift’s mom, who is battling cancer, gave a very heartfelt tribute to her daughter and her achievements.  I think Nashville music community has embraced Swift as she has always been grateful to the musicians, songwriters, and more that have helped her along their way.

It was good getting to see George Strait, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Brooks N Dunn, and Alan Jackson back up on stage performing.  Probably the biggest “huh” moment was the Nick Jonas with Dan + Shay performance.  They could have easily filled that spot with a tribute to those in country music that have passed away since the last show – notably Little Jimmy Dickens and other legends. 

As far as best dressed - Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum had the most elegant and classy looking outfit last night for women.  Dustin Lynch was well suited in his baby blue suit along with his cowboy hat and western boots.

What were your favorite moments?