ACM Awards 2009

The 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards are being held in Las Vegas on Sunday night, April 5th at the MGM Grand.   

I know my artist, radio, and industry friends are having a large time in Vegas and are preparing for the big night, but mostly looking forward to the after parties.  This I know for sure.

As we prepare to discover the winners, here are a few ACM tidbits in advance…..

Presenters announced for the show include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jack Ingram, Martina McBride, Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Miller, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker and Blake Shelton will present at this year’s show.

Brad Paisley won in his fourth ACM Video of the Year award for “Waitin’ On A Woman.” Paisley also nabbed his third Vocal Event of the Year trophy for his guitar-dueling duet with Keith Urban, “Start A Band.”  These two awards were announced recently and will be handed out at the show.

Merle Haggard, Harlan Howard, Dolly Parton, Jerry Reed, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Hank Williams Jr., David Young and Beer For My Horseshave been selected to receive Academy of Country Music Special Awards this year, which are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors and are only awarded during years when the Board of Directors feels there are clear and deserving candidates.

Fan voting for both the ACM Entertainer of the Year and Top New Artist is now live at www.VoteACM.com. Visit today to cast your ballot, then watch on Sunday, April 5 on CBS to see who takes home the trophies!

 Julianne Hough, Jake Owen and Zac Brown Band have been named Top New Female Vocalist, Top New Male Vocalist and Top New Vocal Duo or Group, respectively.  The three winners are now considered nominees for the Top New Artist award.  VOTE NOW!

The multi-talented Reba McEntire will host the live broadcast and will mark McEntire’s 11th time as host. She says the ACM Awards hold a special place in her heart.  “It was my first award show that I was nominated for in 1981, the Top New Female Vocalist of the Year,” Reba recalls. “I didn’t win it-Terri Gibbs got it that year–but I was nominated! It holds lots of great memories for me.

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2 Responses to ACM Awards 2009

  1. Matt says:

    C’mon, Mike. What’s worse, fan clubs deciding or marketing dollars? I don’t see one being much better than the other. We all know these awards aren’t decided strictly on merit, regardless of who votes.

    I definitely see what you’re saying here, and I’d even agree in a perfect world. But I think country music (and the music business in general) has far bigger fish to fry when it comes to integrity. At least the fans are voting based on the music, right? Not based on who is on their label or who was promoted the most within industry circles.

    Just my two cents! Haven’t seen you and Amy in a while, congratulations on all the great things that are happening in your life.

    • Mike says:

      Oh, I’m not saying anything about the issue of integrity when it comes to award shows. We both know how the voting can be skewed, but the “fan” voting can be just as manipulated, if not more, by labels and industry PR machines.

      I am always disappointed in some regards by the results no matter how the votes are tabulated. Merit can get lost in the mix. Allow the fans their votes, yes, but at least keep the main voting to members who pay dues for the privilege. It would be like fans voting for the Grammy’s. Otherwise it will come off as American Idol.

      Great to hear from you Matt and thanks for the words!

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