By: Malaya Koger
On Sunday, April 6, the Academy of Country Music held its 49th annual awards show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
This year Entertainer of the Year had Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and Taylor Swift all competing for the chance to take home the award. Luke Bryan had an awesome year with five number 1’s and ten top five appearances. Miranda Lambert also had an explosive year with her hit song “Mama’s Broken Heart”. It was George Strait, however, who ultimately walked away with the award.
The Female Vocalist of the Year award went to Miranda Lambert, who was up against heavy hitters like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. Jason Aldean took home the Male Vocalist of the Year trophy for the second year in a row.
Other awards of the night went to Florida Georgia Line for Vocal Duo of the Year, The Band Perry for Vocal Group of the Year, and Justin Moore for New Artist of the Year.
Album of the Year went to Kacey Musgraves for Same Trailer Different Park, Single of the Year went to “I Drive Your Truck”, which was written by Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary and performed by Lee Brice. Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban received the Vocal Event of the Year for “We Were Us”, while the Music Video of the Year went to “Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban.
In addition to the awards, the highlight of the night came when the Academy gave presented country music legend, Merle Haggard with the Crystal Milestone Award. Before receiving the award, Haggard was honored by performances of his songs from George Strait, who sang “The Fugitive”, Merle’s first No.1 single in 1966, and Miranda Lambert, who sang his 1966 hit “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down”.
The show, which aired this year on CBS, will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.