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» Kiss Tomorrow Hello:
Announced on the red carpet prior to the telecast, the Vocal Event of Year category proved to be a harbinger of things to come on Sunday's 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards
. Not only was the telecast packed with multi-artist performances, but Event winners Jason Aldean
, Luke Bryan
and Eric Church
walked away with the Male Vocalist, Entertainer and Album trophies, respectively, before the night was over. Miranda Lambert
won the most awards, including her fourth consecutive Female crown and Single and Song for "Over You."
At least seven collaborative performances aired, starting with the opener featuring hosts Blake Shelton and Bryan and closing with Stevie Wonder, Hunter Hayes, Shelton and Bryan. But the show's highpoint was Bryan's surprise win as Entertainer. "I swear to God, every time I step on stage ... it is a blessing to me to play for fans," he said. "Thank you, country. Thank you, Country radio. This is the defining moment of my life and it means the world to me and I'll never take it for granted." See the full list of awards here and take a look at some of the ACM weekend activities in the photo gallery posted below.
» Quite Contrary:
"The realization that you don't have to necessarily sing about trucks and tailgates to be a country artist" is what Kacey Musgraves
says will help change country music. But what about dirt roads, boondocks, seven day weekends and moonshine jello shots? Where will they go? Musgraves appeared on CBS Sunday Morning
(4/7) to discuss how she might be leading the way towards a better world of country music. "I want it to change. There is a younger mindset coming in. So I do think there is an influx of a little bit of change, but I want there to be more." Watch here
» Better Frost Two:
It hasn't been since Lee Brice Krispie Treats
that we've seen a desert named after a country act. Now there's Very Perry Chocolate Cherry
flavored cupcakes. It's the latest from Gigi's Cupcakes
and was inspired by The Band Perry.
"When we heard that we might have a Gigi's cupcake named after us we knew right away what the flavor would be," says Kimberly Perry
. "There is a song on our new album that has a line in it that says, 'I’m gonna change my name to Cherry.'" The siblings could actually only dig one after Gigi presented them with two options, so they helped her customize the flavor. "We decided to take both versions of the cherry cupcakes and combine them. What came out of that is a cherry batter cake, with chunks of cherry topped with chocolate icing, and a cherry on top," explains Reid. "They are so delicious, that I will be running the stairs after all of our shows now!" The flavor is available every Friday and Saturday throughout the month of April at Gigi's locations nationwide.
» Peanut Butter & Scotty: Scotty McCreery
has teamed with DoSomething.org
for the Peanut Butter & Jam Slam. The cause encourages teens to create food drives that'll help support their local food pantires. McCreery is on board to raise awareness and during a PSA, reveals a unique method for making the ultimate PB & J. Watch here
» ACM Quotebook:
Heard onstage and backstage at Sunday's telecast:
- "This isn't some made up country fiction like the show Nashville where a faded, aging superstar is forced to team up with a hot, young sensation." Luke Bryan, ribbing co-host Blake Shelton
- "My career is going to be pre-Chief and post-Chief. That record changed everything for us." –Album winner Eric Church backstage
- "This time last year ... we were watching this!" –Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard accepting New Artist
- "Our babies Elijah, Penelope and Daisy – thank you for letting us ride your bus!" –Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild accepting Vocal Group
- "I was so focused on hosting that I forgot the first line of my new single 'Crash My Party.' I don't even know what I sang." Bryan, backstage
- "This young man is a blessing to country music and to America because he really has listened to all kinds of music and you can hear those influences in everything he is doing." –Stevie Wonder on Hunter Hayes
- "Last night ... Faith Hill introduced me to Shania Twain. In my 12-year-old wildest dreams that would never happen in the whole world. So I've pretty much been over-stimulated since then." –Lambert, backstage
- "Which one of them is Zac Brown?" –Bryan, on the Duck Dynasty stars
- "This next performer is nominated for Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year. But the coolest thing is, this morning, I saw her naked." –Shelton, introducing Lambert
- "No. How could he see someone naked on ACM day? There's no time for that." –Lambert, asked backstage if Shelton's quip was true
- "Congratulations, buddy. You won Entertainer of the Year in your first and last year of co-hosting this show!" –Shelton to Bryan
- "My family has dealt with a lot of tragedy with me losing my older brother and sister. That's the first thing you go to – you know they're in heaven smiling down." –Bryan on his first thought after winning Entertainer
- Kix Brooks hosted the ACM Party for a Cause Festival Saturday (4/6) where the cast of the A&E reality show Ducky Dynasty helped ACM execs present checks for $10,000 to Nellis Air Force Base Force Support Squadron, $25,000 to Wounded Warrior Project and $25,000 to Folds of Honor. Additionally, Dierks Bentley and Tim McGraw presented Army Sgt. Mathew Pickar and his wife with a check for $10,000 to help them get started in the new home they received through Operation Homefront.
- Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, Brantley Gilbert and Florida Georgia Line are on the bill for this year's Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI. Billed as the World’s Largest Music Festival, shows run for 11 days featuring more than 800 acts June 26- 30 and July 2-7.
The late Carl Perkins (4/9)
Steve Azar (4/11)
Jim Lauderdale (4/11)
Tuesday (4/9): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC); Kellie Pickler, Dancing With The Stars (ABC).
Wednesday (4/10): Keith Urban, American Idol (FOX).
Thursday (4/7): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC); Trace Adkins, All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (NBC); 48th Annual ACM Awards (CBS).
This Week's Album Releases
Brad Paisley Wheelhouse (Arista)
Collaborations with LL Cool J, Charlie Daniels, Mat Kearney, comedian Eric Idle, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes and the late Roger Miller are highlighted on the 14-song, 3-interstitial album that includes current single "Beat This Summer" of which Paisley says is "one of the most fun grooves I've ever recorded."
Eric Church Caught In The Act: Live (EMI Nashville)
Recorded over the course of a two-night stand last year at The Tivoli Theatre in Chattaooga, TN, 17 live tracks include "Creepin'," "Homeboy" and the ACM Song of the Year nominated, "Springsteen."
Chuck Wicks Rough (Independent)
Released independently, the five song EP includes "Salt Life" which ties into the retail brand offer 20,000 free copies of the album with a Salt Life product purchase. "This music has been a long time coming," says Wicks. "I believe this EP reflects the steps I've taken to grow not only as an artist but as a writer as well."
» Bad Boys:
How did Blake Shelton
and Luke Bryan
make it from the MGM Grand to the The Orleans Hotel so quickly during the live 48th Annual ACM Awards
telecast? They hoped in the back of a police car, had the officers flip on the lights and, luckily, got a ride without anyone knowing they were drunk in public.
» Swingers: Jake Owen
, Scotty McCreery
, Brett Eldredge
, Charles Kelley
and Darius Rucker
set fashion trends at the ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic.
» Bros & Arrows: Jason Aldean
, Luke Bryan
and Duck Dynasty
's Willie Robertson
get together at the ACM & Cabela's Great Outdoors Archery Event.
» G & G Music Factory: Garth Brooks (r) joins George Strait for "The Cowboy Rides Away" to pay tribute to Dick Clark and remind everybody "how country feels."