Sunday night’s 2012 ACM Awards was the all-star game for country music in Las Vegas. The top names came together to celebrate another year’s worth of accomplishments, perform new music and of course work the red carpet in the latest fashions.
“Look mom, Kiss!” Charles Kelley said after thanking fans and country radio for helping them win another Vocal Group of the Year Award at the 47th annual ACM Awards in Las Vegas. The rockers presented the award, wearing full makeup and costumes. It’s about as loud and scary as anyone will ever be when shouting “Lady Antebellum!”
Mike Eli couldn’t have looked more shocked when cameras focused on him and his bandmates reacting after their name was read as Song of the Year winners at the 2012 ACM Awards. The Eli Young Band singer remained seated for a moment before realizing his time to thank the appropriate people behind ‘Crazy Girl’ was wasting away.
The 2012 ACM Awards are so big they needs two venues to hold it. In addition to the fun going on at the MGM Grand, the Zac Brown Band are hosting this year’s Fan Jam at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. The group kicked off the satellite broadcast by performing their hit song ‘Keep Me in Mind.’
Toby Keith announced his own ACM Award win during the red carpet broadcast on Sunday night. The singer was chatting with GAC-TV’s hosts when he was surprised with an envelope to open for Video of the Year. It would have been awkward had he been stopped to announce someone else’s win, but ‘Red Solo Cup’ took home the trophy.
One of the off-camera awards was presented to Jason Aldean as he walked the red carpet before the show on Sunday night. The singer was surprised with a trophy for Vocal Event of the Year, which honored ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay,’ his duet with Kelly Clarkson.
Blake Shelton sent the most countrified member of his team home during Monday night’s episode of ‘The Voice.’ To be fair, the song Jordan Rager was asked to sing was way out of his comfort zone, but a perfect fit for his Battle Rounds contender Naia Kete. Rager’s growth during the rehearsals was commendable, but ultimately not enough.
Kelly Clarkson is releasing her first solo single to country radio next month, and it will likely sound familiar to her most loyal fans. ‘Mr. Know It All’ was a Top 10 hit on the Billboard charts in 2011, but the singer has retooled the song for her country audience.
Just because he cut her from his team doesn’t mean Blake Shelton is finished helping country singer Gwen Sebastian. ‘The Voice’ contestant announced on her website that she’ll be playing seven shows with the ‘Drink on It’ singer, including the 2012 ACM Awards in Las Vegas on April 1.
It was difficult to see country singer Gwen Sebastian walking away from ‘The Voice‘ with tears in her eyes, but it would have been even tougher to watch her battle-round competitor walk away heartbroken.
It’s not much, but a snippet of the music video for Jason Aldean‘s new song ‘Fly Over States’ is sure to have his fans leaning into the weekend a little more than normal. The just-released clip shows Aldean amongst abandoned airplanes at an airport outside of Nashville, but it’s only a taste of what’s to come — the full reel won’t drop in full until Friday (March 16).
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