Highlights of The 49th Country Music Awards

The 49th Academy of Country Music Awards’ big winners are led by country music singers like Miranda Lambert and George Strait. The rosters of winners include the big names of the genre such as Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum.

The fan-voted award show awarded veteran George Strait the highest prize of the night, The Entertainer of the Year. He managed to beat artists like Taylor Swift, husband and wife Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, and Luke Bryan who won the previous year.

Strait reiterated in his acceptance speech that he has the best fans in the world and that it has been an amazing 30 years. Blake Shelton, who co-hosted with Luke Bryan that night referred to him as their hero.

Miranda Lambert, on the other hand, won the female vocalist category. She has beaten prominent names in the industry like Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow and Kasey Musgraves. She also won single record of the year for her hit song “Mama’s Broken Heart”. In her speech she mentioned that she was thankful and humbled.

The Academy of Country Music Awards, first presented in 1966, is the first country music awards program held by a major organization. They aim to preserve and promote the tradition of country music and award music achievers in their corresponding categories.

The coveted New Artist of the Year award, the first one to be given that night was awarded to newcomer Justin Moore. He is a 30-year old country music and song writer whose number one hits include “If Heaven Weren’t So far Away” and “Till My last Day”.

He was teary on his speech and he thanked country radio for giving a hillbilly like him a chance. He probably thought he wasn’t going to be big and that all of his Justin Moore tour won’t be possible.

The three-hour award show featured performances from The Voice judges Blake Shelton and Shakira who sang the duet “Medicine”. Jamie Lynn Spears, Britney Spears’ sister was also there to remind everybody of her emerging presence in the country music scene. Other performances of the night also included the likes of Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban.