Thursday, 6 April 2017

52nd Academy of Country Music Awards

Winners Announced for The 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards™
Jason Aldean Named ACM Entertainer Of The Year
Miranda Lambert Wins Female Vocalist for the Eighth Consecutive Year
Thomas Rhett wins his first Male Vocalist Of The Year Award

In Brief:
2017 ACM Awards: Complete Winners List
Entertainer of the Year: Jason Aldean
Male Vocalist of the Year: Thomas Rhett
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Vocal Duo of the Year: Brothers Osborne
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
New Male Vocalist of the Year: Jon Pardi
New Female Vocalist of the Year: Maren Morris
New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year: Brothers Osborne
Album of the Year: The Weight of These Wings, Miranda Lambert/ Produced by Frank Liddell/EricMasse/Glenn Worf
Single Record of the Year: “H.O.L.Y.,” Florida Georgia Line/ Produced by Joey Moi
Song of the Year: “Die a Happy Man,” written by Thomas Rhett/Sean Douglas/Joe Spargur
Video of the Year: “Forever Country,” Artists of Then, Now & Forever/ Director: Joseph Kahn
Songwriter of the Year: Lori McKenna

52nd Academy of Country Music Awards Report
LAS VEGAS, NV (April 2, 2017)

Winners were announced for the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards™, which aired LIVE on Sunday April 2, 2017earlier this evening on the CBS Television Network from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

ACMs Lead CBS-TV To Sunday Night Ratings Win
Sunday night’s (April 2, 2017) “52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards” powered CBS-TV to a ratings win for the evening, garnering a 2.1 rating/7 share among 18-49 year-olds while pulling in 10.85 million total viewers.
This year's numbers were off slightly from the 2016 ACMs, which notched a 2.3 rating and attracted 11.2 million total viewers.

The presenters list included:
Lauren Alaina, Bobby Bones, Kane Brown, Savannah Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Kacey Musgraves, Nancy O’dell, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Elliott Sadler, Miss America Savvy Shields, and Bubba Wallace.

The industry named Jason Aldean as Entertainer of the Year, the evening’s biggest honor. This is the second consecutive win for Aldean in this category. Aldean has now snagged 11 ACMs starting with Top New Male Vocalist (2005).
The country superstar beat out an impressive roster of the top stars in country music for the award, including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh presented the trophy, something Aldean commented on when he took the podium to accept. “One of the Eagles just gave me an award. That’s probably the coolest thing that’s ever happened to me” he said. Aldean gushed over the other nominees. “I am so thankful … you guys don’t know how much I love getting up and doing what I do,” he said. “Everybody in this category, including Luke, one of my best friends in the world, FGL … Keith, I’ve toured with you, Carrie … I have nothing but respect for all of you guys, such an amazing group of artists.

Miranda Lambert won Female Vocalist of the Year for the eighth consecutive year, breaking her own record for consecutive wins in that category and made history when she became the first-ever singer to win the Female Vocalist of the Year gong eight years running.
The 33-year-old songstress has won the award every year since 2009 and tied for the honour with Reba McEntire in 2016. This year it was all Miranda though, with the Little Red Wagon star beating Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris to be named the winner.
Taking to the stage to accept the prize, Miranda praised her fellow female country singers making a name for themselves in the industry, telling the audience: "Thank you so much guys. It really means the world to me. Carrie can sing me under the table. We've agreed on that! I'm just glad to see females kicking ass these days. I'm so proud to be a part of that. So cheers to all of us girls out there dreaming. Thanks fans, thanks ACMs, thanks to my family and friends... I love you all."
Miranda, who attended the ceremony at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena with boyfriend Anderson East, also took home the Album of the Year prize for her record THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS. She now has 28 ACM Awards to her name beginning with Top New Female Vocalist (2006).

Thomas Rhett won Male Vocalist of the Year for the first time.

He was also awarded with Song of the Year for his 3X PLATINUM, six-week chart-topping song “Die a Happy Man” (co-written with Sean Douglas and Joe Spargur), winning two trophies in that category as both Artist and Songwriter. Rhett was in utter disbelief when he heard his name being announced as the winner.

"I don't have a whole lot of words,” said Thomas Rhett. “I didn’t think there was any way they were really calling my name either time. 

Especially for Male Vocalist - everyone in that category shaped the artist that I am. It is the most amazing award that I've ever received in my whole existence."

Photo: Thomas Rhett | Photo Credit: Getty Images/Courtesy of the Academy of Country Music

Thomas Rhett Shocked Over ACM Male & Song of the Year Wins Press Room:

Brothers Osborne won Vocal Duo of the Year. They also previously won New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year Presented by T-Mobile. Up against major competition, brothers John & TJ Osborne pipped fellow nominees Big & Rich, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line and Maddie & Tae to win the ‘Vocal Duo Of The Year’ award, breaking Florida Georgia Line’s three-year streak.

 “God bless country music!” exclaimed guitarist John as the pair accepted their award onstage.

 “We have the best seats in the house, I don’t even know how we got invited to sit up front!” joked TJ“We’re sitting there the whole time behind Thomas Rhett and he left and I was like, ‘well there goes our air time’. Anyhow, our parents are here tonight and we want to thank them because, honestly, they believed in us by the time we were babies.”

 News that they’d won the award for ‘New Vocal Duo Of The Year’ was announced in March, when the band learnt of their victory whilst onstage at Dingwalls in London, performing their first ever headline UK show to a sold-out crowd.
 These two wins follow a memorable year in which the Brothers’ debut album, PAWN SHOP, and singles ‘21 Summer’ and ‘Stay A Little Longer’ have enjoyed considerable US success, and now sights are set on the international market with ‘Pawn Shop’ 

Maren Morris (despite missing out on the Female Vocalist of the Year prize) and Jon Pardi were also previously announced winners for New Female Vocalist of the Year presented by T-Mobile and New Male Vocalist of the Year Presented by T-Mobile, respectively.

Big Machine superstars Florida Georgia Line received two ACM Awards (off camera categories) for Vocal Event of the Year for “May We All” featuring Tim McGraw and Single Record of the Year for “H.O.L.Y.” FGL have now bagged 8 ACM Awards starting with New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year (2012).
ACM CEO Pete Fisher surprised the duo with these Awards at the ACM Party for a Cause: WME Bash at the Beach event on Saturday April 1st.

For FGL it was a night where they saw their three-year win streak as Vocal Duo of the Year broken by Brothers Osborne, who also won in the New Vocal Duo / Group of the Year category. But, the two didn’t go home without any awards. Earlier in the weekend, the Big Machine superstars won Single of the Year for their chart-topping “H.O.L.Y.,” and also netted the Vocal Event of the Year for “May We All,” their collaboration with Tim McGraw. Thomas Rhett walked away with the Song of the Year prize for his romantic ballad “Die A Happy Man,” which he co-wrote with Sean Douglas and Joe Spargur. He dedicated the song to his wife Lauren, who was visibly pregnant, citing her as the song’s inspiration.

Little Big Town won the Vocal Group of the Year award for the third consecutive year, their fourth win in that category overall
in five years. “You give us life,” said the group’s Karen Fairchild from the stage during their acceptance speech. LBT have now won eight ACM’s beginning with Top New Vocal Duo or Group (2006). 

Forever Country” received Video of the Year Presented by XFINITY and was awarded to producers Nathan de la Rionda, Jil Hardin, Charleen Manca, Joanna Carter, Chandra LaPlume, Sarah Trahern, Damon Whiteside and Director Joseph Kahn.
The ACM bestowed, the CMA, the official recipient of the trophy — turned the focus away from the two organizations and placed it on the 31 artists who took part in the production. A bundle of those acts, who participated collectively under the banner Artists of Then, Now & Forever, hit the stage along with the director and producers. And LBT’s Karen Fairchild, a CMA board member, gave the acceptance speech. “We’re so happy to celebrate country music,” she said. “What a rich heritage we have.”

Lori McKenna Wins Songwriter Of The Year at The 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards
Lori McKenna made history this weekend winning Songwriter of the Year at the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards. This is the first time a woman has ever been honoured with the award.

The accolade culminates a series of breakthrough years for the critically praised singer, songwriter and performer, who won Best Country Song for her solo-penned, No.1 hit “Humble & Kind” (Tim McGraw) at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. This is the second consecutive year she has won the award following last year’s win for “Girl Crush” (co-written with Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey). 

She is the first songwriter to win back-to-back awards in the category since Shania Twain in 1999-2000. Moreover, McKenna also won Song of the Year at The 50th Annual CMA Awards. She is the first songwriter to win the award in consecutive years since Vince Gill (1991-1993) and is the first female songwriter to win back-to-back nods in the history of the CMAs. McKenna is also the first solo songwriter to win the award since 2011.

2017 ACM Awards: Surprises and Snubs written by Chuck Dauphin APRIL 3, 2017 - Sounds Like
Extract: Among the biggest surprises was Thomas Rhett’s win in the Male Vocalist of the Year category. Though nobody is doubting Rhett’s success or his ability, this was the first major award that Chris Stapleton has been nominated for the past few award show cycles that his name wasn’t called as winner. Another shock was Florida Georgia Line seeing their Vocal Duo win streak be ended by Brothers Osborne. That’s not a reflection on either act, but FGL was one of the most-nominated artists this year, and before the night had ever started, the two had won a pair of trophies: Single of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year.
One name that I have to say that I was surprised by in his omission during the evening was Keith Urban. His Ripcord album was one of the most musically-adventurous that he has ever recorded, and “Blue Ain’t Your Color” deservedly became one of his biggest hit records ever. What about Carrie Underwood? While the newest member of the Capitol Records Nashville roster has won a pair of Entertainer of the Year awards from the ACM in the past, her not receiving a single Entertainer prize from either the ACM or the CMA is an omission that should not have taken place

2017 ACM Awards Surprises and Secrets | E! News:

52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards Nominees & Winners
14 categories voted on by the membership:

Jason Aldean * WINNER *, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban

Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett * WINNER *, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban

Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert * WINNER *, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood

Big & Rich, Brothers Osborne * WINNER *, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Maddie & Tae

Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town * WINNER *, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Presented BY T-MOBILE *(Previously Announced)
Kane Brown, Chris Janson, Chris Lane, Jon Pardi * WINNER *, Brett Young

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Presented BY T-MOBILE *(Previously Announced)
Lauren Alaina, Cam, Brandy Clark, Maren Morris * * WINNER * four nominees only

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR Presented BY T-MOBILE *(Previously Announced)
A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne * WINNER *, Dan + Shay, LOCASH, Maddie & Tae

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Awarded to Artist/Producer/Record Company–Label)
Black – Dierks BentleyProducers: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora Jr./ Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
Dig Your Roots – Florida Georgia Line/ Producer: Joey Moi/ Record Label: Big Machine Label Group
HERO – Maren Morris/ Producers: busbee, Brad Hill, Maren Morris/ Record Label: Columbia Nashville
Ripcord – Keith Urban/ Producers: Jeff Bhasker, busbee, Nathan Chapman, Nitzan Kaikov, Dann Huff, Tyler Johnson, Johnny Price, Nile Rodgers, Keith Urban, Greg Wells/ Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Records Nashville
The Weight of These Wings * WINNER *, – Miranda Lambert/ Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf/ Record Labels: RCA Nashville, Vanner Records

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR (Awarded to Artist/Producer/Record Company–Label) *(Off Camera Award)
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban/ Producers: Dann Huff, Keith Urban/ Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Records Nashville
H.O.L.Y.” * WINNER *– Florida Georgia Line/ Producer: Joey Moi/ Record Label: Big Machine Label Group
“Humble And Kind” – Tim McGraw/ Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw/ Record Labels: McGraw Music, Big Machine Records
“My Church” – Maren Morris/ Producers: busbee, Maren Morris/ Record Label: Columbia Nashville
“Vice” – Miranda Lambert/ Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf/ Record Labels: RCA Nashville, Vanner Records

SONG OF THE YEAR (Awarded to Songwriter/Publisher/Artist)

“Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban/ Songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen/ Publishers: WB Music Corp (ASCAP), Music Of The Corn (ASCAP), HillarodyRathbone Music (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP), House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Spirit Catalog Holdings (S.a.r.l.), Spirit Two Nashville (ASCAP)

Die a Happy Man * WINNER * – Thomas Rhett/ Songwriters: Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur/ Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music Inc (BMI), Cricket On The Line (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI), Eastman Pond Publishing (BMI), Music of Big Deal (BMI), Nice Life (BMI), Frederic And Reid Music (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI), Brodsky Spensive Publishing (BMI)

“Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw/ Songwriter: Lori McKenna/ Publishers: Songs of Universal Inc (BMI), Hoodie Songs (BMI)/

“Kill a Word” – Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens
Songwriters: Eric Church, Luke Dick, Jeff Hyde/ Publishers: Emileon Songs (BMI), Little Louder Songs (BMI), Longer And Louder Music (BMI), Mammaw’s Fried Okra Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI)

“Tennessee Whiskey” – Chris Stapleton/ Songwriters: Dean Dillon, Linda Hargrove/ Publishers: Universal-Songs Of PolyGram International (BMI), EMI Algee (BMI)

“Vice” – Miranda Lambert/ Songwriters: Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne/ Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Smack Hits (GMR), Kobalt Music Group,
Ltd. (GMR), Anderson Fork In The Road Music (ASCAP), Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc. (ASCAP), Smackville Music (ASCAP)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY XFINITY [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award)

Fire Away – Chris Stapleton; Director: Tim Mattia; Producer: Jennifer Rothlein
Forever Country * WINNER *– Artists of Then, Now & Forever; Director: Joseph Kahn; Producers: Nathan de la Rionda, Jil Hardin, Charleen Manca, Joanna Carter, Chandra LaPlume, Sarah Trahern, Damon Whiteside
Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw; Director: Wes Edwards; Producer: Jennifer Rothlein
Peter Pan – Kelsea Ballerini; Director: Kristin Barlowe; Producer: Michelle Abnet
Vice – Miranda Lambert; Director: Trey Fanjoy; Producer: Ashley Bergeron Ford

Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna * WINNER *

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)] *(Off Camera Award)

Different For Girls – Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King; Producers: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora Jr.
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
Forever Country – Artists of Then, Now & Forever; Producer: Shane McAnally; Record Label: MCA Nashville
May We All * WINNER *Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw; Producer: Joey Moi; Record Label: Big Machine Label Group
Setting The World On Fire – Kenny Chesney Featuring P!nk; Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney; Record Labels: Blue Chair Records, Columbia Nashville
Think Of You – Chris Young Featuring Cassadee Pope; Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young; Record Labels: RCA Nashville, RCA Records

52nd Academy of Country Music Awards Performances

The show featured an unprecedented number of duos and special collaborations: 14-time ACM Award® winner and 14- time ACM Awards® host Reba McEntire and contemporary Christian artist Lauren Daigle performed “Back to God,” and after hearing her stunning vocals, many country fans may be wondering: who is she again?

Daigle has been an up-and-comer in the Christian music industry for the last couple of years and has quickly become one of the most talked-about artists in the genre. She’s already earned two Grammy nominations for Best Contemporary Christian Album for her debut record How Can It Be and Best Contemporary Christian song for “Trust in You.” She’s also been honored with a Billboard Music Award for Top Contemporary Christian Album and a Dove Award for Artist of the Year. She recently headlined a sold-out tour and has appeared on several national TV shows like TODAY and Good Morning America. Read More: Who Is Lauren Daigle, Reba's ACM Awards Duet Partner?  

Miranda Lambert took the stage by herself at the 2017 ACM Awards, giving an understated but very bold acoustically debut performance of “Tin Man,” one of the songs from her Album of the Year-nominated album The Weight of These Wings.
Lambert was clad in a short black dress with a long cream cape that accentuated her long blond hair as she delivered an achingly sensitive solo acoustic rendition of the song, which finds her addressing the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz….Read More

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill performed the world television premiere of their new single “Speak To a Girl

Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris sang “Craving You(co-written by One Direction producer Julian Bunetta, released March 31, 2017 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley rocked out “Flatliner
Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban performed their hit single “The Fighter.”
“When in Vegas, wear fringe … and sparkles … and don’t forget to shimmy!” she writes alongside the fun Boomerang clip.
Underwood donned the memorable dress in a performance with Keith Urban of their collaboration, “The Fighter,” from Urban’s album, Ripcord. Earlier in the evening she also performed her song “Church Bells” as part of a medley featuring all the nominees for Entertainer of the Year. She was also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.

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Florida Georgia Line and the Backstreet Boys teamed up for “God, Your Mama & Me” followed by a powerful performance of the popular “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”.

Entertainment Tonight Highlights

The 12 Moments You Can’t Miss from the ACM Awards:
Sam Hunt's too-cute moment with his fiancée, Maren Morris’ killer performance, The TV premiere of Faith & Tim's new duet.
Kelsea Ballerini was quite literally glittering, from her pink bodysuit to her bedazzled tights while singing her tune "Yeah Boy" on stage….

ACM Awards 2017: All the Performances Ranked Worst to Best
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The 2017 ACM Awards -- were stuffed full of A-list performances from veterans and newcomers. And while standalone sets from Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum made huge impressions, collaborations got the most attention throughout the CBS telecast -- and deservedly so. From a tribute to Chuck Berry to the jaw-dropping Florida Georgia Line/Backstreet Boys pairing, here are the 2017 ACM Awards performances ranked from worst to best.
23. Jon Pardi
It's no slur on Jon Pardi that he's at the bottom of this list -- while "Dirt On My Boots" is an excellent song and he did it well, the abbreviated version he was permitted to perform at the ACM Awards prevents his performance from getting much higher on this list.
3. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
The A-list country couple delivered the first TV performance of their duet "Speak to a Girl," starting the song from different ends of the stage before meeting in the middle, bathed in golden light. They both poured their pipes into the duet, and when Hill jumped into McGraw's arms at the end, it seemed so genuine you almost felt like a voyeur for watching their intimate moment together.
2. Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert's breakup ballad "Tin Man" was a show-stopping standout of the 2017 ACMs. Even though it's (presumably) inspired by her high profile breakup, she didn't need the gossip backstory to command the stage: Her stage presence and affecting lyrics brought the busy night to a full halt while she sang.

1. Florida Georgia Line & Backstreet Boys
The country duo and the veteran boy band had previously collaborated on the harmonious "God, Your Mama and Me" on wax, so it was no surprise (although a total delight) when they performed it together to close the 2017 ACM Awards. It was, however, a real treat when they segued into BSB's "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" and all seven entertainers performed some of the original video's choreography. Cynics might call it out for being a blatant bid for social media buzz -- at least, until they watch it. Once you witness the seamless musicality and sheer joy of the performance, it's impossible not to be sold.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and was broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers.  Pete Fisher and Tiffany Moon are executive producers for the Academy of Country Music. Sponsors and partners for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards included T-Mobile and Xfinity from Comcast.​

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