Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan hosted the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which included performances by Jason Aldean, who won Male Vocalist of the Year, and Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert.

The Band Perry kicked off the show with a performance of “Chainsaw” that unleashed a cannon of confetti on the audience. When Shelton and Bryan took the stage, they wasted no time in firing shots at performers outside the country music genre.

“Tonight is about live music. If you don’t like live music, go down the block and see Britney Spears,” Shelton started.

An awkward moment was, thankfully, avoided, as the broadcast refrained from cutting to a reaction shot of Spears’ sister Jamie Lynn Spears, who was in attendance.

Shelton himself performed alongside fellow The Voice coach Shakira with her new song “Medicine.” Co-host Bryan also performed, as did Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Lee Brice, Dierks Bentley with Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Keith Urban, The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum with Stevie Nicks.


While there were a few big winners who performed during the show, it was Strait who truly won the night, first with his performance of “I Got a Car” which captivated the audience, and then with his acceptance of the Entertainer of the Year Award. When presenters LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell announced his name, Strait received a standing ovation from the crowd.

“I’ve always said that I’ve got the best fans in the world and this proves it. It’s been an amazing 30 years. Thank you so much for your support. I love all of you. Thank you so much,” Strait told an excited crowd in his acceptance speech.

Full List of Winners:

Entertainer of the Year: George Strait
Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
Vocal Group of the Year: The Band Perry
New Artist of the Year: Justin Moore

Album of the Year: Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves
Single Record of the Year: “Mama’s Broken Heart” – Miranda Lambert
Song of the Year: “I Drive Your Truck” – Lee Brice
Video of the Year: “Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Vocal Event of the Year: “We Were Us” – Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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