The Academy of Country Music Awards were held last evening in Las Vegas. The show is always jam packed with performances which makes for a very entertaining and fast paced evening. The one problem the ACM’s had this year, besides technical issues, was allowing fans to vote for the Entertainer of the Year trophy. The ACM is a professional country music trade organization and the awards are voted on by members of the industry in all spectrums of the business. To take the pinnacle award of the evening and leave it to be voted on by fan clubs and left to mainstream popularity devalues what the ACM is all about.
I’m not saying industry voting isn’t without its own problems of integrity, but opening it up more to the general public allows the show to slip into the fluffy abyss of the American Idol or the People’s Choice Awards.
Having said that, I am totally in favor for fans voting on an award. I think it is critical to have them participate in the process and drive web traffic and television ratings. The fans are obviously important to sales and the growth of our format, but if they must have a say in the process, I believe a separate “fan” category should be implemented.
I’m not making judgement on any other artists, but let me just say that Keith Urban out entertains them all. In my own opinion of course.
The complete winners of the 2009 ACM Awards:
- Entertainment of the Year: Carrie Underwood
- Song of the Year: Jamey Johnson – “In Color”
- Single Record of the Year: Trace Adkins – “You’re Gonna Miss This”
- Album of the Year: Taylor Swift – “Fearless”
- Top Male Vocalist: Brad Paisley
- Top Female Vocalist: Carrie Underwood
- Top Vocal Duo: Sugarland
- Top Vocal Group: Rascal Flatts
- Top New Artist: Julianne Hough
- Top New Male Vocalist: Jake Owen
- Top New Female Vocalist: Julianne Hough
- Top New Vocal Duo or Group: Zac Brown Band
- Video of the Year: Brad Paisley – “Waitin’ on a Woman”
- Vocal Event of the Year: Brad Paisley and Keith Urban – “Start a Band”
- Artist of the Decade: George Strait
- Milestone Awards go to Taylor Swift and Jennifer Nettles.