The 4th Annual American Country Awards show’s hosts were Trace Adkins and race car driver Danica Patrick and were the hosts of the 4th Annual Country Awards on Tuesday night, held in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Mandalay Bay Resort. Fans voted online to determine who would win each of the awards presented tonight.
The first award was for Male Artist of the Year. There were five people nominated: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, and Blake Shelton. The American Country Award for Best Male Vocalist went to Luke Bryan.
Next up was a performance by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Jake Owens, after the commercial break.
They cranked up the volume, and got the young females in the audience pumped up. It might not have been a performance some country purists enjoyed, however, as it combined elements of rock ‘n’ roll into the song.
Sarah Adams and Joe Nichols handed out the next award, or the Single of the Year. The singles nominated were “How Country Feels” by Randy Houser, “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line, “Better Dig Two” by The Band Perry, “One of These Nights” by Tim McGraw, and “Beer Money” by Kip Moore. The winner was “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line.
Then, the American Country Awards show went to the second commercial break of the night.
Back from break, Trace announced that “Highway Don’t Care” by Randy Houser won the American Country Awards Single by a Breakthrough Artist award.
Randy Houser was the next performer. He sang his hit “Highway Don’t Care.” Some people in the audience clapped along as he sang. A black-and-white video played in the background.
The albums nominated for the America Country Awards Album of the Year were “Night Train” by Jason Aldean, “Here’s to the Good Times” by Florida Georgia Line, “Based On a True Story” by Blake Shelton, “Two Lanes of Freedom” by Tim McGraw, and “Pioneer” by The Band Perry. The award went to Blake Shelton, for “Based On a True Story.”
Kelly Pickler then performed one of her hits. She was wearing a classy, sparkling blue dress. She had the audience clapping as soon as she began the song, and she gave a great performance.
Jewel and Chris Young introduced the next performers of the evening on the American Country Awards show, Darius Rucker and I think the announcer said the woman singing with him was Sheryl Crow. They sang “Hey, Paparazzi.” The audience screamed and cheered after they finished; I thought that they gave an awesome performance.
Trace and Danica were then in another comedy bit, where Trace was dressed in a skintight GoDaddy uniform.
Thompson Square presented the American Country Awards trophy for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The nominees were Lee Brice, Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery, Randy Hauser, and Justin Moore. The winner of the award was Scotty McCreery.
Leann Rimes and Florida Georgia Line are some of the performers who will be coming up soon.
Florida Georgia Line performed “Stay” — check it out:
The five women nominated for the American Country Music Awards Female Artist of the Year were Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift. They are all great singers, but the winner was Miranda Lambert.
The award for Duo/Group of the Year was another big one of the night on the American Country Awards show. The five acts nominated were The Band Perry, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, and the Zac Brown Band. The voters of America spoke, and they selected Lady Antebellum as the winner!
On the American Country Awards show, the New Performer of the Year award had five very talented acts/singers nominated for it: Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Florida Georgia Line, Cassadee Pope, and Thomas Rhett. Though they are all great, the one which one was Florida Georgia Line.
The five songs nominated for the award for the Single By a Male were “Sure Be Cool If You Did” by Blake Shelton, “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” by Gary Allan, “One of Those Nights” by Tim McGraw, “The One That Got Away” by Jake Owen, and “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker. Blake Shelton pulled off another win, by taking home this award.
There were five awesome songs by women which were nominated in the category of Single By a Female. They were “Easy” by Sheryl Crow, “American Heart” by Faith Hill, “Begin Again” by Taylor Swift, “Two Black Cadillacs” by Carrie Underwood, and “Mamma’s Broken Heart” by Miranda Lambert. Lambert picked up her second win of the night when she got this award.
The American Country Awards show also had five nominees for the award for Single by a Duo/Group. The nominees were “Better Dig Two” by The Band Perry, “If I Didn’t Have You” by Thompson Square, “Tornado” by Little Big Town, “Downtown” by Lady Antebellum, and “Goodbye in Her Eyes” by the Zac Brown Band. The winner was “Downtown” by Lady Antebellum.
Single By a Breakthrough Artist was yet another award on the American Country Awards show. Five songs were nominated, “I Drive Your Truck” by Lee Brice, “All Over the Road” by Easton Corbin, “Somebody’s Heartbreak” by Hunter Hayes, “Til My Last Day” by Justin Moore, and “How Country Feels” by Randy Houser. Lee Brice’s “All Over the Road” won this award.
I’m not entirely sure what the distinction is between the Single By a Breakthrough Artist and the Single By a New Artist, but there were categories for both awards on the American Country Awards show. The songs nominated for the Single By a New Artist were “Beer Money” by Kip Moore, “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line, “Don’t Ya” by Brett Eldredge, “Redneck Crazy” by Tyler Farr, and “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line. The winner was “Cruise.”
I’ll just mention two other awards that were presented on Tuesday on the American Country Awards show, the one for Single By a Vocal Collaboration and Great American Country Music Video of the Year.
The five nominees for the Single By a Vocal Collaboration were “Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw (featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban), “The Only Way I Know” by Jason Aldean (featuring Luke Bryan and Eric Church), “Boys ‘Round Here” by Blake Shelton with Pistol Annies and Friends, “Don’t Rush” by Kelly Clarkson (featuring Vince ), and “Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw (featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban). And the winner was…”Highway Don’t Care.”
Now, on to the American Country Awards show award for Great American Country Music Video of the Year. There five videos nominated were “Better Dig Two” by The Band Perry, “Sure Be Cool If You Did” by Blake Shelton, “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line, “Begin Again” by Taylor Swift, and “Tornado” by Little Big Town. Though they were all videos worthy of winning an award, the winner as chosen by the votes of America was “Sure Be Cool If You Did” by Blake Shelton.
The 4th Annual American Country Awards show was, on the whole, a pretty decent awards show, IMHO; but, some of the comedy bits fell flat, and at least some of the musical performances are likely to have been liked more by younger country fans than ones who prefer more “traditional” country music. There was something for everyone to like with this awards show, though. Did your favorites win? What did you think of the performances? Please leave your comments below!