Paisley Gets Going At ACM Awards
Last night's (May 23) Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards proved to be triumphant for Brad Paisley, who won three of the evening's top awards. His "Time Well Wasted" (Arista Nashville) was named albLast night's (May 23) Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards proved to be triumphant for Brad Paisley, who won three of the evening's top awards.
His "Time Well Wasted" (Arista Nashville) was named album of the year. Paisley also won the video and vocal event prizes for "When I Get Where I'm Going," a hit collaboration with Dolly Parton.
Last year's "American Idol" champ Carrie Underwood was a two time winner, taking home trophies for best new female vocalist and single of the year for "Jesus, Take the Wheel."
Brooks & Dunn won the top vocal duo award, bringing their total to a record 20 trophies. The duo's hit "Believe" took the song of the year honor, which went to songwriters Ronnie Dunn and Craig Wiseman.
Kenny Chesney won the evening's top prize, entertainer of the year. Asked backstage what it takes to win such a prize, Chesney said, "I stay up at night thinking about ways to make my show better."
Sara Evans was named top female vocalist, beating out strong competition from Martina McBride, Underwood, Gretchen Wilson and Lee Ann Womack.
Evans teared up onstage accepting the trophy. Asked backstage where she'll keep it, Evans quipped, "In the kitchen when I eat breakfast. In the bathroom when I'm in there. In the shower. Between [me and my husband] in bed."
Keith Urban was named top male vocalist while Rascal Flatts won for top vocal group. Sugarland was the winner in the top new duo or group category.
Jason Aldean, who is just two hit singles into his career, was named top new male vocalist, winning over Billy Currington and Aldean's more established labelmate at Broken Bow Records, Craig Morgan.
Backstage Aldean said, "I was hanging out at the hotel bar this time last year," noting that he couldn't get a ticket to the ACM Awards show.
On winning the award over Morgan, who has a broken leg from a recent motorcycle accident, Aldean quipped, "I told him if he won, I'd help him get on stage. I'd carry him up there."
As previously announced, MCA Nashville's Vince Gill won the ACM's Home Depot Humanitarian Award.
The awards show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas was hosted by Reba McEntire. Winners were selected by ACM voting members.