It was also a big night for Miranda Lambert. She captured a few awards at the event, including her record-setting fifth consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year title. Other winners included Justin Moore, who became emotional while accepting his New Artist of the Year trophy. The Band Perry expressed their appreciation for their Vocal Group of the Year recognition, and Jason Aldean scored his second straight Male Vocalist title.
The star-packed ceremony also included plenty of performances. Brad Paisley debuted his new single, "River Bank," while Blake Shelton teamed up with Shakira on their new collaboration, "Medicine." Faith Hill got a big hand when she joined husband Tim McGraw for his performance. Lady Antebellum performed twice -- once with Stevie Nicks and later with Darius Rucker. The Band Perry launched the ceremony, while Eric Church and Keith Urban were among the many other performers. Merle Haggard was also honored with a tribute from Strait and Lambert. But presenter Garth Brooks didn't forget Hag also was turning 77 on Sunday, and had the crowd sing "Happy Birthday" in Merle's honor. The 49th annual ACM Awards were presented in
The 49th annual ACM Awards winners list follows
Entertainer of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Vocal Duo of the Year
Vocal Group of the Year
The Band Perry
New Artist of the Year
Album of the Year
Kacey Musgraves, "Same Trailer Different Park"
Single Record of the Year
Miranda Lambert, "Mama's Broken Heart"
Song of the Year
Lee Brice, "I Drive Your Truck"
Songwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary
Video of the Year
Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, "Highway Don't Care"
Vocal Event of the Year
Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert, "We Were Us"
Crystal Milestone Award
Merle Haggard Receives Career, Birthday Recognition At ACM Awards
Merle Haggard has a few more well wishers for his birthday this year. The country legend turned 77 on Sunday, which wasn't forgotten at the
But that wasn't the only reason why Haggard was recognized at the event. He's this year's Crystal Milestone Award recipient, in honor of his lengthy and successful career. Before Brooks encouraged the crowd to acknowledge Hag's birthday, he introduced the tribute performance featuring Lambert and Strait. After the birthday song, Merle gave a short acceptance, saying country music had been "great" to him all his life. He also thanked everyone for taking part in one of his "most eventful evenings." The 49th annual ACM Awards were presented in a ceremony in
Brad Paisley is showing off his new single, "River Bank." Paisley debuted his newest track during Sunday's ACM Awards in
Paisley performed the song to a poolside crowd at
Toby Keith: Country Music "Would Be Empty" Without
Toby Keith is reflecting on the career of fellow country star
It looks like Keith and country music fans can look forward to more music from Strait, who signed a deal with Capitol last year for several more albums. Strait says he's been "enjoying every minute" of his farewell tour, and intends to be a part of the business for as long as he can. He adds that it's "unbelievable" to still be "current" and "nominated for awards," as he was at Sunday night's
Country Stars Remain In Vegas To Tape ACM Concert Special
A number of country stars are extending their stay in
Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, and Carrie Underwood are among the many other performers slated for the show. "NCIS: Los Angeles" stars LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell are set to host the concert event, which will be taped at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Monday night. "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops" will air on CBS on May 20th.
Darius Rucker To Sing Anthem At NCAA Championship Game
Darius Rucker says he's excited about being involved in the NCAA men's basketball championship. The singer admits he feels honored to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the start of Monday's event, and adds that the venue makes it "a thrill of a lifetime." Rucker will deliver the national anthem accompanied by the local high school ensemble Jazz Singers at AT&T Stadium in
Stevie Nicks Joins Lady Antebellum At ACM Awards
Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelly is speaking about getting the chance to perform with Stevie Nicks at Sunday night's
Nicks joined the country trio on stage to perform the title track off their most recent album "Golden." Charles called the Fleetwood Mac singer inspiring, describing the opportunity to share the stage with Nicks at the ACM Awards as one of the most special things for them in their career "by far." It's not the first time Stevie has teamed up with Lady Antebellum. They joined forces last September for an episode of "CMT Crossroads."
Hubbard says they're "loving every minute of it," and notes that it's getting easier to make those adjustments as they go along. One such adjustment was the addition of a couple buses to their tour, which Hubbard says has made life on the road more comfortable for everyone. Florida Georgia Line will be on the move again later this week for a string of shows in
Hunter Hayes Featured On Latest "ACM Sessions"
Hunter Hayes is the latest star to be featured on the
Country Stars Have Fun, Raise Money at ACM Golf Tournament
Darius Rucker says he's thrilled to once again host the
ACM Awards To Head To
This will be the first time the venue has hosted the ACM Awards. The ceremony will take place nearly one year from now on April 19th, 2015. Tickets for the show will begin going on sale April 10th at ACMCountry.com. While Jerry Jones traveled all the way to
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Today In Country Music History
Today in 1986, the "High Notes" album by Hank Williams Jr. was certified Gold, while his album "The Pressure Is On" was certified Platinum.
Today in 1990, Farm Aid Four was held at the Indiana Hoosierdome. Performers included Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Kris Kristofferson, and John Mellencamp.
Today in 1992, Mark Chesnutt made his "Tonight Show" debut.
Today in 1997, the "Strait From The Heart" album by
Today in 1998, Shania Twain's single "You're Still The One" was certified Gold.
Today in 1999, the "Come On Over" album by Shania Twain was certified for sales of ten-million, while the "VH1 Behind The Music" video featuring Shania was certified Gold and Platinum.
Today in 2000, Toby Keith's single "How Do You Like Me Now!?" remained in the number one spot on the "Billboard" and "Radio & Records" charts for a fifth consecutive week.
Today in 2003, Toby Keith was the big winner at the CMT Flameworthy 2003 Video Music Awards.
Today in 2007, Bucky Covington made his Grand Ole Opry TV debut.
Today in 2008, former Lonestar lead singer Richie McDonald hosted "The Celebration," a two-day golf and music event benefiting Feed The Children and The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation. Steve Azar, former Trick Pony members Heidi Newfield and Ira Dean, and the Oak Ridge Boys were among the participants in the event.
Today in 2008, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, Brooks & Dunn, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, and Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry were some of the stars taking part in the 9th Annual Best Cellars Dinner in
Today in 2008, Jack Ingram and
Today in 2008, Blake Shelton's video for his hit single "Home" premiered on CMT.
Today in 2009, previews began for the Broadway production "9 to 5: The Musical" at the Marquis Theater in
Today in 2009,
Today in 2009, new CD releases included Rascal Flatts' "Unstoppable," Jason Aldean's "Wide Open," Billy Ray Cyrus' "Back To Tennessee," and Hank Williams Sr.' "The Unreleased Recordings: Gospel Keepsakes."
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