April 6th marked the 49th anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards. While the show is usually broadcast live from Las Vegas, next year’s 50th celebration will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys as announced by Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys.
This year’s ACM awards were jam-packed with performances by some of the biggest names in country music. In fact, 10 artists performed even before the first award was given.
The Band Perry, the sibling trio of Kimberly, Neil, and Reid Perry, kicked off the night with their latest single “Chainsaw.” The spray of confetti that accompanied the end of the song left all of the A-list artists sitting on the floor looking like they had a bad case of dandruff.
“There’s 20 million dollars in hairdos down here and it all has confetti in it. This is not a Head and Shoulders commercial everybody,” Bryan said to kick of his and Shelton’s monologue.
Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan came back to host the awards for the second year in a row. During their monologue, Shelton told the crowd he hoped they were ready to hear some great live music, saying “if you don’t like live music, they you need to go down the block and see Brittany Spears.”
Later in the show during Rascal Flatts’ performance, however, it appeared as though the trio was fake performing to the studio-recorded version of their latest single “Rewind.” Some sources have said the group did perform live, but due to technical difficulties, the song was dubbed over for television.
There were many big winners throughout the night. Justin Moore was awarded New Artist of the year. Newcomer Kacey Musgraves took home Album of the Year for her record “Same Trailer Different Park.” Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean were named female and male vocalist of the year, respectively.
The biggest honor of the night, Entertainer of the Year, was awarded to George Strait. Called “The King of Country Music,” Strait is wrapping up his music career as he retires this year. Strait was also awarded Entertainer of the Year at last fall’s Country Music Association Awards.