2013 ACM Awards Recap

A Quick Look At Last Night’s ACM Awards From HaleighT’s Eyes.

Last night was the 48th Annual ACM Awards in Las Vegas. This year Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan hosted the event and for their first time together, I’d say it went pretty smooth.

The night started with a performance of Shelton’s new single, “Boys Round Here.” Sheryl Crow, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and The Pistol Annies joined Shelton, making it the first of many collaboration performances of the night.

Like I said, there was a number of collaborations and something most had in common was the horrible sound coming over my TV speakers. Being that the majority of the performances sounded “off,” I’m going to say that it was an issue with the sound techs and hope that I’m right.

Easily my favorite performance of the night was Eric Church singing “Like Jesus Does.” He sounded spot on, just like he does on his albums and just like he does every time I see him live. It wasn’t flashy, just simple and enjoyable. I think he made a lot of people proud.

I was super pumped to watch George Strait and Garth Brooks perform together (like they kept announcing), but that wasn’t quite what happened. The piano began to play and I immediately screamed because I knew I was about to hear “The Dance.” When Brooks didn’t sing the entire song and the music faded into Strait’s “The Cowboy Rides Away,” I thought, Oh this is going to be awesome! They are singing a part of both songs and then they’ll sing one together! But that didn’t happen. Prior to their performance, the academy kept saying that the two would be performing together for the first time ever and I just think that was a little bit of a let-down. Either way, it was great to see them both on the stage performing at all and especially in tribute to Dick Clark.

The segments of the show, where we were taken to the Fan Jam were definitely the times to refill my drink. Again, the sound was just awful. I could barely hear Jana Kramer over her backup singers during her song “Whiskey” and I don’t know what was going on during Paisley’s performance with John Mayer. Let’s just hope they work the issue out for next year.

The grand finale, the Entertainer of the Year award went to Luke Bryan. It was a wonderful moment, where it seemed like everyone was standing and cheering for him and numerous people were very emotional as he accepted his award. It was really something special to see his fellow artists and friends genuinely happy for him. The award was definitely deserved.

Below are a list of side notes from the show, the winners and a list of performers.

Some Side Notes:

Taylor Swift really needs to work on her dance moves or just stop.
– The Pistol Annies are even cooler for being so supportive of the winners (they kept crying tears of joy).
– George Strait will always be attractive.
– Eric Church kicks ass.
– I like to dance to Jason Aldean’s “1994.”
– Bluke was cool, but Reba is the queen.
– I want to go see the Shania show in Vegas with a bunch of female country singers too.
– I love country music.

The Winners:

Entertainer of the Year – Luke Bryan
Female Vocalist of the Year – Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year – Jason Aldean
Vocal Duo of the Year – Thompson Square
Vocal Group of the Year – Little Big Town
New Artist of the Year – Florida Georgia Line
Album of the Year – Chief, Eric Church
Song of the Year – “Over You,” Miranda Lambert (Miranda Lambert/Blake Shelton)
Single Record of the Year – “Over You,” Miranda Lambert
Vocal Event of the Year – “The Only Way I Know,” Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church
Video of the Year – “Tornado,” Little Big Town


Eric Church
Carrie Underwood
Kenny Chesney
Lady Antebellum
Jason Aldean
Little Big Town
George Strait
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
The Band Perry
Kelly Clarkson
Blake Shelton
Jana Kramer
Brantley Gilbert
Florida Georgia Line
Hunter Hayes and Stevie Wonder
George Strait and Garth Brooks
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley and Pistol Annies
Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes and Dierks Bentley
Brad Paisley and John Mayer

Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees and everyone who joined The Week Vegas Goes Country!

About HaleighT

HaleighT grew up in rural Sallisaw, Oklahoma, completely immersed in the country music lifestyle. She works with CMNB as our field assignment journalist, gathering concert reviews and exclusive interviews from every artist she can. When she's not out on the road, she's in our web studio filming "Takin' a Break With HaleighT" a short weekly opinion and news segment that launched in 2011.