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Thoughts on the 2009 Academy Of Country Music (ACM) Awards

April 14th 2009 07:58
Due to currently living outside the good ol’ United States, I was unable to watch the ACM Awards that took place earlier in the month until this morning. There were various noteworthy, insightful and witty live blogs (including those by Country California, The 9513 and Country Universe) that provisionally filled the void in my lack of viewer-ship.

Nonetheless, upon my viewing, there were a few prevalent moments at the 2009 ACM Awards (for me) including:

Reba McEntire (or Red as I warmly refer to her) returning as the show’s host in all her splendour. While the scripting was mediocre, McEntire once again established that she was the correct person for the job, hosting the show with panache, humour and an abundance of costume changes.

The awards show commencing with a multi-artist über performance featuring the likes of Brooks & Dunn, Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts who all came together at the end to sing Brooks & Dunn’s “Play Somethin’ Country”.

Jamey Johnson's "In Color" and Lee Ann Womack's "Solitary Thinking" receiving generous air time, almost making up for Billy Ray Cyrus’s shameless album plugging and Toby Keith 'performing'.

Lady Antebellum’s performance of “I Run To You” demonstrating their capability to confidently stand tall with some of the finest in the business.

Keith Urban’s genuine enthusiasm during his performance of “Kiss A Girl”. While a number of artists seem to be going through the motions years pass, it is always refreshing to behold an individual who seems to legitimately love and take pleasure in what they are doing.

Trace Adkins
triumphantly securing the ACM Single of the Year for “You’re Gonna Miss This” and Jamey Johnson taking home Song Of The Year for “In Color”. The Academy has gone two years strong now with the award going to Sugarland’s “Stay”.

Carrie Underwood taking home Entertainer of the Year. While I wish Underwood had taken this award home by her own merit and not as a product of fan voting, I have to admit that I was genuinely proud to see Carrie, not only a woman but an artist who has sincerely earned her spot in the boy’s club that is the Entertainer of the Year Category.

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