Jackson, Chesney, Rascal Flatts Take Home Two ACM Awards
Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, and Rascal Flatts won multiple awards at last night's (May 21) 38th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards in Las Vegas. Jackson took the album of the year award forAlan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, and Rascal Flatts won multiple awards at last night's (May 21) 38th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards in Las Vegas. Jackson took the album of the year award for his Arista Nashville set "Drive" and the video of the year trophy for the title track, "Drive (For Daddy Gene)."
"It's a very special album for me. It had a lot of personal music on it," Jackson said in accepting the album of the year award.
Chesney was too choked up to deliver an acceptance speech as he won the top male honor. His song "The Good Stuff" also won the award for single record of the year.
Toby Keith, who led the field with eight nominations, took home the coveted entertainer of the year award. Martina McBride won the top female vocalist award and Brooks & Dunn were named top vocal duo.
Rascall Flatts won top vocal group and song of the year for "I'm Movin' On." Phillip Brian White, who wrote the single, said, "I want to thank these guys, Rascal Flatts, for cutting a great album."
Joe Nichols won the new male vocalist award, Kellie Coffey was named top new female vocalist, and Emerson Drive took the top new vocal duo/group honor.
A total of 19 acts performed during the lavish ceremony, which was staged at the Mandalay Bay Resort.
Lonestar turned out one of the most poignant performances with its rendition of "I'm Already There." Through the use of video screens, the group paid tribute those who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and followed the song by introducing several former POWS. Lonestar was also named as the winner of the second fan-voted Home Depot Humanitarian Award, voting for which was ongoing during the majority of the show.
Darryl Worley also tapped into a patriotic theme with his performance of his "Have You Forgotten?" The song had a six-week reign at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
Shania Twain performed "For Ever & for Always" during the event, while Alabama played "Tennessee River." Rascal Flatts performed "Love You Out Loud" and Keith Urban played "Raining On Sunday," while the Dixie Chicks turned in a performance via satellite from their hometown concert in Austin, Texas.
Hosted by Reba McEntire, the Los Angeles-based ACM's ceremony was held in Las Vegas for the first time in its history, and aired live on CBS. Prior to the broadcast, McEntire was presented with a an award of special recognition for hosting the event for the sixth time, more than anyone else in the history of the awards.
Other special awards were presented to veteran acts Strait and Alabama. Strait received the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, while retiring act Alabama was honored with the ACM's Pioneer Award.
For the full list of winners, visit the ACM Web site.