I’ve spent all my free time today catching up with the ACM awards, I’ve been reading blogs and reviews, and watching videos. Most of it is on YouTube, which I am thankful for, the ACM awards even have there own channel, so check it out if you didn’t get to see it the first time round.
Overall it was a great show with some outstanding performances. I always find it interesting at award shows, or any live event, as we get to really hear the artists voice. I was amazed by Kimberly Perry in particular, she was vocally brilliant. Little Big Town were great, and I’ve raved about their live performance before. Kelly Clarkson also delivered a great performance, but I have to say that my favourite vocal performance had to be George Strait and Garth Brooks singing The Cowboy Rides Away. It was amazing to see these two legends sing together. My second favourite performance was Eric Church, who surprised me with Like Jesus Does. This song was even better live, it is a great country song, modern, yet reminiscent of artists of artists of an other era. It was a simple performance, but it was definitely the standout performance of the night, in my opinion.
I love the collaboration that occurs at award shows like the ACMs. Last night there were some incredible, and unexpected, collaborations. Stevie Wonder and Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley and John Mayer, and some great country collaborations, but the one I want to briefly talk about is Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow and The Pistol Annies, singing Boys ‘Round Here. I loved the performance, it was great. I loved that they all looked like they were enjoying it, and it felt like it embodied the atmosphere of the whole night. One thing I would like to say on this note. Country rap seems to have become popular, as was evident last night, especially amongst male artists. And this is no bad thing, I love that the country charts are so diverse that they encompass both George Strait and Jason Aldean. But I can’t help wondering if artists feel that they need to compete with Colt Ford, Brantley Gilbert and Jason Aldean, and the other pioneers of country rap. If this is genuinely what they want to do, then that’s great, but I just hope that it genuinely what they want to do artistically, and not what they feel pressured to do by record companies and charts. I love that Country Music has such a broad spectrum of sub-cultures, and I loved that last night there were so many different performances, and they were all brilliant in their own way.
So, on to the winners of the night.
Entertainer of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Vocal Duo of the Year
Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town
New Male Vocalist of the Year
New Female Vocalist of the Year
New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year
Florida Georgia Line
New Artist of the Year
Florida Georgia Line
Album of the Year
“Chief” – Eric Church
Single Record of the Year
Over You – Miranda Lambert
Song of the Year
Over You – Miranda Lambert (Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, songwriters)
Songwriter of the Year
Many of you may have read my predictions yesterday. I wasn’t surprised by many awards, and after I saw Eric Church perform, I am over the moon for him for winning album of the year, even if I didn’t expect it. I’m glad both Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean took home awards, because they have both done really well in the charts this year, but I expected Aldean to win both, so I’m glad they got to share the victory. I was surprised with Dallas Davidson’s win. Only because of the sheer number of Josh Kear hits over the past year. Davidson has done well though, writing songs for Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Justin Moore, and several others. All of the songwriters on that list have an impressive list of writing credits, so if any names aren’t familiar, check your CDs. I will be reviewing the song of the year, Miranda Lambert/Blake Shelton-Over You, at phillystock.tumblr.com tomorrow.
Were any of you surprised by the results? Who was your favourite performer?