Mike Eli couldn’t have looked more shocked when cameras focused on him and his bandmates reacting after their name was read as Song of the Year winners at the 2012 ACM Awards. The Eli Young Band singer remained seated for a moment before realizing his time to thank the appropriate people behind ‘Crazy Girl’ was wasting away.
The 2012 ACM Awards are so big they needs two venues to hold it. In addition to the fun going on at the MGM Grand, the Zac Brown Band are hosting this year’s Fan Jam at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. The group kicked off the satellite broadcast by performing their hit song ‘Keep Me in Mind.’
Toby Keith announced his own ACM Award win during the red carpet broadcast on Sunday night. The singer was chatting with GAC-TV’s hosts when he was surprised with an envelope to open for Video of the Year. It would have been awkward had he been stopped to announce someone else’s win, but ‘Red Solo Cup’ took home the trophy.
One of the off-camera awards was presented to Jason Aldean as he walked the red carpet before the show on Sunday night. The singer was surprised with a trophy for Vocal Event of the Year, which honored ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay,’ his duet with Kelly Clarkson.
Taste of Country has confirmed that Kenny Chesney‘s new ‘Welcome to the Fishbowl’ album includes a duet with Tim McGraw. The singer played the entire album track-by-track for radio and industry personnel on Friday afternoon.
The final award given out on Sunday night will name the country artist who — all things considered — had the best year in 2011. There’s no formula for how a voter should choose. It’s some magic mix of sales, concert draw, chart success, high-profile appearances and “heat.” Everybody has their own special blend to decide which artist is tops. Fans can still vote at www.VoteACM.com.
Earlier this week, Dierks Bentley let his fans know about his good buddy, up-and-coming country singer Nick Malloy, who was seriously injured in a car accident near Macon, Ga. The 23-year-old spent time in surgery and was still hospitalized on Thursday when his family turned on CMT.
It was a slow start for Reba McEntire, but no one is blaming the track jacket. She released multiple albums on Mercury Records in the beginning of her career, but failed to work her way into the fabric of the country music fans’ hearts until 1982 — six years after she debuted. ‘Can’t Even Get the Blues’ became her first No. 1 hit, and she’d gone through three hairstyles by then!
Only a few country stars publicly supported Chely Wright when she announced she was a lesbian in 2010. Others, like Faith Hill, chose to privately congratulate her, while a third group won’t talk to her. Wright spoke to the SiriusXM’s Michelangelo Signorile about how her decision was received by her friends in Nashville.
Country singer Nick Malloy was trapped inside his vehicle after he drove off the road and slammed into an embankment on Wednesday morning (March 28) near Macon, Ga. The frontman for the Nick Malloy Band is a friend of Dierks Bentley‘s and has an EP that has caught the attention of a number of major artists in Nashville.
Blake Shelton sent the most countrified member of his team home during Monday night’s episode of ‘The Voice.’ To be fair, the song Jordan Rager was asked to sing was way out of his comfort zone, but a perfect fit for his Battle Rounds contender Naia Kete. Rager’s growth during the rehearsals was commendable, but ultimately not enough.
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