ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
• Carrie Underwood
TOP MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Brad Paisley
TOP FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Miranda Lambert
TOP VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
• Lady Antebellum
TOP VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
• Brooks & Dunn
TOP NEW SOLO VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Luke Bryan
TOP NEW VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
• Joey + Rory
TOP NEW VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
TOP NEW ARTIST
• Luke Bryan
ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company(s)] • Revolution – Miranda Lambert
SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company(s)]
• Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]• Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] (Off Camera Award)
• White Liar – Miranda Lambert
VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]• Hillbilly Bone – Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins
… The show opened with a “bang” as CARRIE UNDERWOOD, MIRANDA LAMBERT and BRAD PAISLEY joined John Fogerty for Creedence Clearwater’s “Travelin’ Band”.
… Was KENNY CHESNEY lip-synching on “Ain’t Back Yet”? Looked like it.
… Fans got to vote for BROOKS & DUNN’s last ACM performance, which turned out to be “My Maria”. Sadly Ronnie Dunn’s microphone malfunctioned for the first part of the song.
… Of course B&D won Vocal Duo of the Year.
… Surprise Win: MIRANDA LAMBERT won Album of the Year for “Revolution”, beating out BRAD PAISLEY and ZAC BROWN BAND.
… Newcomer LAURA BELL BUNDY sang and danced “Giddy On Up” … a memorable performance.
… BRAD PAISLEY landed in a pool of water after singing his new song “Water”. Then, all wet, he accepted the Male Vocalist of the Year award.
… CARRIE UNDERWOOD gets Entertainer of the Year… the award fan voted through text, voting. She won the award last year, too.
… Notably absent from performing and winning: SUGARLAND.