Huh? An #ACAs Recap

Last nights production of the American Country Awards, ACAs, can be summed up in one word….. awkward. I thought it was just me, that I was being too judgmental and then I opened my facebook/twitter and my thoughts were instantly confirmed. Let see…

1) The first scene had hosts Trace Adkins and Danica Patrick stopped in a smart car by an Elvis impersonator. I get where they were going BUT in the land of  impersonators THIS was the best they could come up with? He didn’t sound like Elvis. He didn’t look like Elvis. He didn’t move like Elvis.

2) I adore Trace Adkins and respect Danica Patrick. That being said, this pair did not work. They were too dry and had no chemistry. Trace needed to be paired up with a silly, funny cohost so the balance of personalities was there. Think Kellie Pickler, that may have worked.

3) The show opened with Lady A singing their new hit Compass. They did a beautiful job, as always, but I was so distracted by the sound going in and out.

4) Darius Rucker and Sheryl Crow did a fine job in their first duet.  However, if you are going to pan the audience while they are singing the iconic song “Wagon Wheel” pick people that at least know 20% of the song. Im pretty sure they were singing and old Hootie hit.

5) I laughed for at least 20 minutes when the host asks Florida Georgia Line where they came up with the name. Really? Florida…Georgia…Line. Im pretty sure my 6 year old had that one down.

6) Speaking of Florida Georgia Line, they must have been an ACA favorite considering they played “Round Here” when Luke Bryan accepted his Artist of the Year award. psssssst……thats not Luke’s song. He won because he had many number 1 hits over the past year. You could have chosen one of those maybe?

7) Maybe the worst part was they have so many awards that they don’t even touch the surface in a 2 hour broadcast. I would turn away for 2 minutes and 3 more awards were somehow announced. They weren’t presented live…there was no time. That kinda sucks for Randy Houser who received his first award via a ticker at the bottom of the screen.

I do have a few good things to say about the ACAs. Its always refreshing when award shows allow newer artists to perform. Randy Houser, although not new, got his chance on the big stage. Other highlights were Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett who played for the first time at an awards presentation. It was also fun to see DeeJay Silver tearing it up with his special rock country mix. It helped breathe some energy into the show.

I will watch again…if not just to view the train wreck. Hopefully they will take some tips from the CMA and ACM awards who consistently deliver a professional, yet energy packed, broadcast. In case you missed most of the announcements, like me, here are the winners:

Artist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan 
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Artist of the Year: Male
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Blake Shelton

Artist of the Year: Female
Kelly Clarkson
Sheryl Crow
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Artist of the Year: Duo or Group
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
Lee Brice
Hunter Hayes
Randy Houser
Scotty McCreery
Justin Moore

Artist of the Year: New Artist
Florida Georgia Line
Kip Moore
Kacey Musgraves
Cassadee Pope
Thomas Rhett

Album of the Year
‘Night Train,’ Jason Aldean
‘Here’s to the Good Times,’ Florida Georgia Line
‘Two Lanes of Freedom,’ Tim McGraw
‘Based on a True Story’ Blake Shelton
‘Pioneer,’ The Band Perry

Single of the Year
‘Cruise’ Florida Georgia Line
‘How Country Feels,’ Randy Houser
‘Beer Money,’ Kip Moore
‘Better Dig Two,’ The Band Perry
‘One of Those Nights,’ Tim McGraw

Single of the Year: Male
‘Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),’ Gary Allan
‘One of Those Nights,’ Tim McGraw
‘The One That Got Away,’ Jake Owen
‘Wagon Wheel,’ Darius Rucker
‘Sure Be Cool if You Did’ Blake Shelton

Single of the Year: Female
‘Easy,’ Sheryl Crow
‘American Heart,’ Faith Hill
‘Mamas Broken Heart’ Miranda Lambert
‘Begin Again,’ Taylor Swift
‘Two Black Cadillacs,’ Carrie Underwood

Single of the Year: Duo/Group
‘Downtown’ Lady Antebellum
‘Tornado,’ Little Big Town
‘Better Dig Two,’ The Band Perry
‘If I Didn’t Have You,’ Thompson Square
‘Goodbye in Her Eyes,’ Zac Brown Band

Video Visionary Award
Brad Paisley

Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
“I Drive Your Truck” Lee Brice
‘All Over The Road,’ Easton Corbin
‘Somebody’s Heartbreak,’ Hunter Hayes
‘How Country Feels,’ Randy Houser
‘Til My Last Day,’ Justin Moore

Single of the Year: New Artist
‘Did It for the Girl,’ Greg Bates
‘Don’t Ya,’ Brett Eldredge
‘Redneck Crazy,’ Tyler Farr
‘Cruise’ Florida Georgia Line
‘Beer Money,’ Kip Moore

Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration
‘The Only Way I Know,’ Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church
‘Don’t Rush,’ Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill
‘Highway Don’t Care,’ Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
‘Boys ‘Round Here,’ Blake Shelton with Pistol Annies

Touring Artist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Miranda Lambert
Brad Paisley
Rascal Flatts
George Strait
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood
Zac Brown Band

Great American Country – Music Video of the Year
‘Cruise,’ Florida Georgia Line
‘Tornado,’ Little Big Town
‘Sure Be Cool if You Did’ Blake Shelton
‘Begin Again,’ Taylor Swift
‘Better Dig Two,’ The Band Perry

Music Video of the Year: Male
‘Take a Little Ride,’ Jason Aldean
‘Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),’ Gary Allan
‘One of Those Nights,’ Tim McGraw
‘Wagon Wheel,’ Darius Rucker
‘Sure Be Cool if You Did’ Blake Shelton

Music Video of the Year: Female
‘American Heart,’ Faith Hill
‘Mama’s Broken Heart,’ Miranda Lambert
‘Someone Somewhere Tonight,’ Kellie Pickler
‘Begin Again,’ Taylor Swift
‘Blown Away’ Carrie Underwood

Music Video of the Year: New Artist
‘Don’t Ya,’ Brett Eldredge
Cruise’ Florida Georgia Line
‘Crying On A Suitcase,’ Casey James
‘Beer Money,’ Kip Moore
‘Merry Go ‘Round,’ Kacey Musgraves

Music Video of the Year: Group or Collaboration
‘Tornado,’ Little Big Town
‘Highway Don’t Care’ Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
‘Come Wake Me Up,’ Rascal Flatts
‘Better Dig Two,’ The Band Perry
‘If I Didn’t Have You,’ Thompson Square

Song of the Year (Award goes to the songwriter)
‘Better Dig Two,’ Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Trevor Rosen
‘Cruise,’ Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Joey Moi, Chase Rice and Jesse Rice
‘Hard To Love,’ Ben Glover, Billy Montana and John Ozier
‘Highway Don’t Care’ Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad Warren and Brett Warren
‘I Drive Your Truck,’ Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary
‘Like Jesus Does,’ Casey Beathard and Monty Criswell
‘Mama’s Broken Heart,’ Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves
‘Merry Go’ Round,’ Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne
‘Pontoon,’ Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby and Luke Laird
‘Wagon Wheel,’ Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor

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