Country Music’s Big Night

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The American Country Music Awards were held on April 7th 2013 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel. This year they had another building for the overflow of all the fans that wanted to be a part of the action but didn’t have tickets. This extra venue was only a couple blocks away and many artists stopped there to perform for the fans. In between the acts, the audience watched the awards show which had a lot of great performances from: The Band Perry, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and many others to fill the space reserved for three hours on TV. Garth Brooks and George Straight performed together for the first time ever. There was even an identical dress controversy that two celebs, Taylor Swift and One Tree Hill’s actress, Jana Kramer, both wore on the red carpet. Personally, I feel that Jane Kramer wore it better. You be the judge.

Taylor and Jana

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A congratulations is in order to Hillary Scott and her husband Chris Tyrell from Lady Antebellum who are expecting their first child, a girl, that is due in summer. Another fun quirk of the evening was how the engaged country couple, Jana Kramer and Brantley Gilbert, went home with the same awards: New Male and Female Artists of the Year. Looks like they rubbed off on each other. Miranda Lambert had a huge night in performing and awards taking home three of the biggest awards possible: Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Female Artist of the Year. Luke Bryan also had a great night; not only did he do a great job co-hosting with buddy Blake Shelton, but Luke also took home the Entertainer of the Year Award, which his co-host Blake was also up for. It was a very emotional moment for Luke who cried during is acceptance speech.Here is a list of the other major awards given out:

Vocal even of the year: Eric Church, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan
Video of the year: Pontoon by Little big town
Song of the year: Over You – Miranda Lambert
Single record of the year: Over you by Miranda Lambert
Album of the year: Chief by Eric Church
New Artist of the year: Florida Georgia Line
New Vocal duo or group of the year: Florida Georgia Line
New female vocalist of the year: Jana Kramer
New male vocalist of the year: Brantley Gilbert
Vocal group of the year: Little Big Town
Vocal duo of the year: Thompson Square
Female vocalist of the year: Miranda Lambert
Male vocalist of the year: Jason Aldean
Entertainer of the year: Luke Bryan

By Jenise Fehring

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