Country fans everywhere tuned in to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards. It was a night full of accolades and performances, hosted by country artists Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton. Two stars shined extremely bright at the MGM Grand Garden Arena: George Strait and Miranda Lambert.
King of Country George Strait was crowned Entertainer of the Year for the second time in his career. He received standing ovations for his win and his performance of his hit song “I Got a Car.” Miranda Lambert was the big winner of the night. She took home the award for Female Vocalist of the Year for the fifth time in a row. She now holds the record for most consecutive wins in that category surpassing Reba McEntire. “Mama’s Broken Heart” won her Single Record of the Year. She also shared the win for Vocal Event of the Year with Keith Urban who also won three awards, including Video of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift.
Aside from their individual glory the two took the stage for a tribute performance to Merle Haggard who was honored with the Crystal Milestone Award. Merle celebrated his 77th birthday yesterday. Presenter Garth Brooks encouraged the audience to sing “Happy Birthday” as he went up to receive his award.
Other notable winners include Male Vocalist of the Year, Jason Aldean. Kacey Musgraves earned her first ACM award with Album of the Year for Same Trailer Different Park. Lee Brice walked away with the Song of the Year award thanks to “I Drive Your Truck.” For more, see the complete list of ACM winners and nominees.
From collaborations, to acoustic versions, to new songs, the show was packed with performances. Tim McGraw debuted his new single “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” featuring his wife Faith Hill. The Voice judges Shakira and Blake Shelton teamed up for their song “Medicine.” USA Today recaps all 24 performances with star ratings.
It was announced the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX with Shelton and Bryan returning to host. According to Billboard, Dallas Cowboys President/Owner/GM Jerry Jones said, “The excitement from fans across the country, our great fans in Texas, and this venue will provide the biggest and best stage available to showcase country music and its stars to the world.” Be sure to download our free Sing-N-Share app and check out the Country category to take on you favorite country music hits!