Jason Aldean hid a tear or two under his black cowboy hat as he accepted the 2011 American Country Awards’ honor for Artist of the Year. Miranda Lambert presented the award to Aldean, which was his second of the night until the announcer let fans in Las Vegas and viewers at home know the ‘Tattoos on This Town’ singer had also won four other awards, for a total of six.
Carrie Underwood has to be enjoying the 2011 American Country Awards. She’s picked up three Telecasters thus far and hasn’t had to change her outfit once. The blonde country singer seemed genuinely humbled when a presenter announced her name for the second time, and she didn’t leave the stage without giving her husband’s hockey teammates something to tease him about.
Scotty McCreery accepted his award for New Artist of the Year at the 2011 American Country Awards and proceeded to rattle off his thank yous like he’d been doing it since he was 12-years-old. “My first award and it’s a dad-gum Telecaster,” the ‘American Idol’ winner said before thanking fans and his management team. He even remembered to give a birthday shout out to his mother.
While their performance of ‘Crazy Girl’ at the 2011 American Country Awards may have been the Eli Young Band‘s first at a major country music award show, it sure didn’t look like it. The Texas based quartet took the stage like old pros and the live audience ate it up.
The Band Perry brought a much quieter version of their hit ‘All My Life’ to the 2011 American Country Awards on Monday night. The brothers-sister trio were without the team of carnival dancers they had at the CMA Awards in November, but still looked and sounded fabulous.
The 2011 American Country Awards began with a medley from host Trace Adkins. The 6’6″ singer had yet to be joined by his diminutive co-host Kristin Chenoweth when he sang ‘Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,’ ‘Just Fishin” and ‘Ladies Love Country Boys.’
The second annual ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special on ABC finished with all the evening’s performers returning to the stage to sing a snazzy rendition of ‘Jingle Bells.’ Host Jennifer Nettles wore yet another new outfit as she introduced what turned out to be an awards show-worthy lineup.
The Vince Gill/Amy Grant marriage showed no signs of strain after Gill’s earlier indiscretion with Miss Piggy at the ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special on ABC. The two turned in one of the more intimate performances of the evening, singing Grant’s ‘Breath of Heaven.’
Viewers in the audience and at home could only watch in amazement as two of the finest guitarists around traded licks during Thursday night’s ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special on ABC. Brian Setzer sang while Brad Paisley took lead on ‘Sleigh Ride’ and ‘Boogie Woogie Santa Claus.’
Miss Piggy was looking to nab herself a Big Vinny at the ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special on ABC on Thursday night. Piggy and Vince Gill’s steamy performance of ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ ended in a PG-13 rated makeout session … with Gill’s wife watching from offstage.
The second annual ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special opened with host Jennifer Nettles wearing sequins, ruffles and tails. The well dressed country starlet looked glamorous backed by a dashing dance troupe swinging candy cane striped canes in perfect harmony as she sang ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You.’
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