Underwood Wins Entertainer Of The Year At ACMs
April 6, 2009 at 9:35 AM (PT)
The 44th Annual ACM (ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS) are in the books and for the first time since the DIXIE CHICKS won the ‘Entertainer of the Year Award,” in 2000, it was claimed by a female, as ARISTA RECORDS’ CARRIE UNDERWOOD wins the coveted prize. This year, both the “Entertainer” and “Top New Artist” were voted by the fans. The “Top New Artist Award,” was won by MERCURY’s JULIANNE HOUGH.
UNDERWOOD was the 7th female in ACM history to win the top prize, and for the THIRd straight year, she also grabbed the “Top Female Vocalist Award.” CARRIE also provided one of the many stellar musical moments when she nailed her hit, “I Told You So.”
"I’ve had a lot of good moments in the past four years; this one takes the cake," said UNDERWOOD.
ARISTA star BRAD PAISLEY won the “Top Male Vocalist,” crown for the third year in a row, and by satellite he thanked the fans from home, as he awaits the arrival of his second child. BRAD’s wife KIMBERLY WILLIAMS-PAISLEY is due any day.
LYRIC STREET trio RASCAL FLATTS captured its seventh consecutive "Vocal Group Of The Year" award, becoming the most-awarded artist in this category. Legendary Country group ALABAMA previously held the "Vocal Group" record with six consecutive wins.
BIG MACHINE star TAYLOR SWIFT and JENNIFER NETTLES (one-half of MERCURY duo SUGARLAND) were both presented with the ACM "Crystal Milestone" award. This award is given to artists or industry leaders to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement.
Tim McGraw Walks
Reportedly there was one bit of controversy -- CURB star TIM McGRAW is said to have walked out of a rehearsal, refusing to do the show. Neither TIM or wife FAITH HILL were present in the crowd.
Once again this year the ACM invited stars from outside of the music world to appear. Presenters included JAMIE FOXX, MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY and JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT.
And The Winners Of The 44th Annual ACM Awards Are
Entertainer of the Year • Carrie Underwood
Album of the Year • "Fearless," Taylor Swift (Big Machine) Produced by: Scott Borchetta, Nathan Chapman, Taylor Swift
Top Male Vocalist • Brad Paisley
Top Female Vocalist • Carrie Underwood
Top Vocal Group • Rascal Flatts
Top Vocal Duo • Sugarland
Top New Artist • Julianne Hough
Single Record of the Year (Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company)
• “You're Gonna Miss This”; Trace Adkins, Produced by Frank Rogers; Capitol Nashville
Song of the Year (Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s))
• “In Color”: Jamey Johnson; Composers: Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller, James Otto; Publishers: Big Gassed Hitties (BMI), Eldorotto Music Publishing (BMI), EMI Blackwood Music, Inc., Lucky Thumb Music (BMI), New Song of Sea Gayle (BMI), Noah’s Little Boat Music (BMI)
Video of the Year (Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s))
• “Waitin' On A Woman”: Brad Paisley; Producer: Mark Kalbfeld, Jim Shea; Director: Jim Shea, Peter Tilden