Oct 022013
 

The ACM Honors, which are recognitions the Academy of Country Music Awards are unable to include during the ACM’s annual televised awards program, were handed out last month and a couple Kentucky acts were among the honorees. Ashland, Kentucky natives Wynonna and Naomi Judd, better known simply as The Judds, and Sandy Hook’s late, great Keith Whitley were recognized during the honors. These Kentucky artists were honored with the prestigious Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award. Whitley’s widow, Lorrie Morgan, and children Morgan and Jesse Keith Whitley accepted this honor after Lorrie and Jesse performed “‘Til a Tear Becomes a Rose.”

The Voice coach Blake Shelton, who has mentored three of the show’s four winners thus far, was honored with the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award. Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood, who make up the trio Lady Antebellum, were awarded the Jim Reeves International Award for taking country music around the world on their last international tour. Jason Aldean was honored with the Crystal milestone Award for his outstanding concert ticket sales, including the sell-out of two shows at Boston’s Fenway Park, a whopping 70,000 tickets.

And the winners are: Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award: The Judds and Keith Whitley; Jim Reeves’ International Award: Lady Antebellum; Mae Boren Axton Award: Tommy Wiggins; Songwriter of the Year: Dallas Davidson; Poet’s Award: Guy Clark and Hank Williams; Casino of the Year: Red Rocks Casino & Resort in Las Vegas; Venue of the Year: Ryman Auditorium; Nightclub of the Year: Joe’s Bar in Chicago; Promoter of the Year: Ed Warm of Joe’s Bar; Talent Buyer of the Year: Jerry Hufford of Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California; Audio Engineer of the Year: Chuck Ainlay; Producer of the Year: Jay Joyce; and Musician of the Year: Matt Chamberlain—percussion & drums, J.T. Corenflos—guitar, Aubrey Haynie—fiddle, Mike Johnson—steel guitar, Michael Rojas—piano & keyboard, Jimmie Lee Sloas—bass, and Ilya Toshinsky—specialty instruments.

May 042013
 

When the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were handed out last month at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, ceremony co-host Luke Bryan was the big winner when he was named the coveted Entertainer of the Year, an award selected by the fans. Bryan also shared the Vocal Event of the Year award with Jason Aldean and Eric Church for “The Only Way I Know.” In addition, Aldean was named Male Vocalist of the Year and Church won Album of the Year for Chief. Bryan’s co-host, Blake Shelton, shared an award with his wife, Miranda Lambert—the Song of the Year award for having co-written Lambert’s “Over You” about Shelton’s late brother. Lambert took home two additional trophies: Female Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year for “Over You.” Little Big Town won two trophies: Vocal Group of the Year and Video of the Year for “Tornado.”

And the winners are: Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan; Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert; Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean; Vocal Duo of the Year: Thompson Square; Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town; New Artist of the Year: Florida Georgia Line; New Female Vocalist of the Year: Jana Kramer; New Male Vocalist of the Year: Brantley Gilbert; and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year: Florida Georgia Line.

Album of the Year: Eric Church’s Chief; Single Record of the Year: Miranda Lambert’s “Over You”; Song of the Year: Miranda Lambert’s “Over You” (written by Lambert & Blake Shelton); Video of the Year: Little Big Town’s “Tornado”; Vocal Event of the Year: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan & Eric Church’s “The Only Way I Know”; Songwriter of the Year: Dallas Davidson; Guitarist of the Year: J.T. Corenflos; Fiddle Player of the Year: Aubrey Haynie; Steel Guitarist of the Year: Mike Johnson; and Producer of the Year: Jay Joyce.

Congratulations to all the winners!