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Shelton co-hosted the show with Reba McEntire, and the pair once again nailed their roles as hosts. You can always count on it being a fantastic show with McEntire and Shelton leading the way.
The country superstar also performed his single “Drink On It” from his hugely successful and number one album, Red River Blue. He then took the stage again to close the show. This time, though, with Lionel Richie for their duet version of “You Are.” The track will be on Richie’s Tuskegee album, which features duets with various country stars.
To top it all off, Shelton snagged the ACM Award last night for ‘Male Vocalist of the Year!’ He was surprised by the honor, but it is very well deserved and we are so happy for him. Congratulations to Blake!!!!
Watch video of Shelton accepting his ACM Award:
Continue reading to watch the interview…
Taylor Swift fans have spoken again!
Taylor took home the trophy for ACM ‘Entertainer of the Year’ for the second year in a row!
During her acceptance speech, she gave a beautiful mention to Kevin McGuire. Kevin is the high school senior who was supposed to be Taylor’s date for the ACM Awards last night. (You can read the story here.) We were terribly sad to hear that Kevin was admitted to the hospital again, and could not make the awards. Taylor promised to give him a shout out and to make it up to him. We want to let Kevin know that we are thinking of him and he is in our prayers.
Taylor posted this video to her Facebook page shortly after winning to say thank-you to her fans! I cannot say enough good things about Taylor Swift. We know she is talented, but she just continues to impress with her class and kindness. She has my continued support.
Continue reading to watch the video…
Prior to the ACM Awards’ telecast on CBS, Jason and Kelly were announced as the winners for ‘Vocal Event Of The Year’ for their cross-over mega hit, “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”
‘Vocal Event’ was not slated as a televised award this year, but Jason was presented with the ACM award on the red carpet moments ago.
We wish we could have seen Jason & Kelly accept their award during the live broadcast, but we are very happy for their win!
From the @ACMAwards twitter:
LIVE on the red carpet,
@Jason_Aldean takes home the trophy for Vocal Event of the Year!
Thompson Square received a huge surprise last night after performing at the ‘ACM Salute to the Military’ concert at the ACM Experience in Las Vegas.
After Keifer and Shawna Thompson completed their set, ACM CEO, Bob Romeo, presented them with the award for ‘Vocal Duo of the Year” … a day early!
Thompson Square is the first duo besides Brooks and Dunn or Sugarland to win the ACM for ‘Vocal Duo’ since 1991. Since that time, Brooks & Dunn have won the ‘Vocal Duo’ award 16 times. The reigning duo winners, Sugarland, took home the trophy for 2010 and 2008. (In 1998 and 1999, the Dixie Chicks won the award when the category was combined with both duos and groups.)
While accepting the award, the duo was overcome with emotion:
Keifer : “It’s been a long, long road. This is one of the greatest nights of our lives. It’s hard to talk when you’re crying.”
Shawna: “This is a very bittersweet moment for me. More sweet than bitter. My dad passed away a month ago. This is for my dad.”
You can watch the video below of Shawna and Keifer accepting the award…
It’s the big day!
Reba posted on her WhoSay account: “We have it under control!!!! ACM’s tonight on CBS!!”
And added this picture:
Get ready, country music fans!
Thank-you for participating in our ACM Awards’ polls this past week! We love hearing from you all and appreciate the feedback.
We compiled the results from our polls. Here is how our awesome ‘Keepin’ It Country’ readers voted…
The reigning American Idol champ, Scotty McCreery, was the favorite for ‘New Artist’ with 51% of the votes.
The ‘Vocal Duo of the Year’ category was by far our most popular poll. Thank-you so much for voting, and for all of your great comments! It was a battle of the fan bases between Steel Magnolia, Sugarland, and Thompson Square. Steel Magnolia fans were impressively representing for their duo and won the poll with 49% of the votes!
Continue reading for the rest of our results…
Blair Garner, host of After MidNite and winner of the 2011 ACM “National On-Air Personality of the Year” award, will take his show to Vegas this weekend for a variety of events and a post-show broadcast from the Academy of Country Music’s 47th Annual ACM Awards. Garner will be hosting the Fremont Street Experience, a free concert that takes place tonight and Saturday, March 31, for the third year in a row. Artists set to perform are Love and Theft, Hunter Hayes, Brantley Gilbert, Scotty McCreery, Luke Bryan, Jana Kramer, Craig Campbell, Eli Young Band, Laura Bell Bundy and Eric Church.
Right after the 47th Annual ACM Awards show telecast on CBS on Sunday, April 1, After MidNite will broadcast from its remote studio backstage, interviewing artists immediately after their ACM Awards experience. Artists ste to appear are Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, David Nail, Kip Moore, Easton Corbin, Lauren Bell Bundy, Jake Owen, Brantley Gilbert, Scotty McCreery, Dustin Lynch, James Wesley, Hunter Hayes, Thompson Square, Randy Houser, Zac Brown Band, Craig Campbell, Uncle Kracker, Eli Young Band, The Band Perry and some surprise guests. A special segment featuring Blake Shelton will also air. The After MidNite remote studio is sponsored by Great American Country and Green Mountain Coffee, which will provide the artists with free coffee.
You can catch the After MidNite ACM Awards special broadcast the morning of April 2 (from midnight to 6 a.m.) and portions will re-air the weekend of April 7-8. Affiliates of The Blair Garner Show in Canada will also air segments the week of April 2. For more information and guest updates, please visit www.AfterMidnite.com.
We are finishing up our ACM Awards’ polls with the biggest award of the night… Entertainer of the Year!
This year’s nominees for the coveted trophy are Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift. As you know, this award is fan voted, and the artists and their teams have been busy campaigning to win your votes.
Let us know who you hope takes home the award for Entertainer of the Year!
ACM Awards: Entertainer Of The Year
Total Voters: 38
Don’t forget to check out our other polls as well!
Thank-you so much to all of you for voting in our ACMA polls. Please, keep it up. Voting is open until tomorrow night, and we would love to hear from all of you before compiling the results!
The polls continue…
The ACM Vocal Event of the Year nominees include:
ACM Awards: Vocal Event Of The Year
Total Voters: 28
Thanks for voting!
Up next… Song of the Year.
The ACM for Song of the Year is awarded to the composers, publishers, and artists.
For this category, we have… “Crazy Girl,” “Home,” “Just A Kiss,” “Threaten Me With Heaven,” & “You And Tequila.” Which song gets your vote?
ACM Awards: Song Of The Year
Total Voters: 22
Thank-you for voting and don’t forget to vote in our other ACM Awards’ polls as well!