The 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards was held in Las Vegas Sunday night which brought Kenny Chesney his 4th win for Entertainer of The Year which ties him with Garth Brooks now. This is also the first time the awards show was given according to the fans votes.

CMT quotes Chesney as saying “This one is really extra special because long before I had a hit record, the fans always came to the shows. I want to thank you guys for voting and for being there for me.” After thanking God and business associates, he added, “I want to thank my mom and dad for having sex so many years ago and being responsible for me being up here tonight. But seriously, a lot of great artists and people who mean a lot to this business have stood up here in years past, and I’m honored to be up here for the fourth year in a row. God bless y’all. Thank you so much.”

Other winners for the night included Brad Paisley for video of the year, “Online”, and male vocalist. “A singer is nothing without inspiration. I thank my wonderful wife, Kim, who is not here tonight. I probably ought to thank my son for the first time for inspiration,” said Paisley, upon accepting his male vocalist award. “I am so honored to carry the torch another year, and thank God for all the blessings in my life.”

While accepting the top female vocalist award, Carrie Underwood said, “Wow! God is good! God is good! I would like to thank the most wonderful family in the world. I have great parents, great sisters, great family. … There are so many people who have done so many wonderful things for me, and I know I don’t deserve it. But I’ll take it!” Then she quickly added, “Oh, fans! Thank you fans! Duh! Fans got me everything that I have and I owe everything to you, so thank you fans.”

The very young but very talented Taylor Swift received a trophy for top new female artist which she dedicated to her mother. “There are so many people who deserve to be thanked for this, but I am going to thank one,” Swift said. “And that’s a person that used to love to go to lunch with her friends, cook dinner for her family and sleep in her bed every night. She gave that all away and left that all behind to go on the road with her 16-year-old daughter. … Then she was sleeping in rental cars and in airplanes and rental cars with her mouth wide open because she was so tired. And so Mom, thank you so much! I love you! This is for you!”

Reba McEntire, who hosted the Awards Show, awarded Garth Brooks with the Crystal Milestone  Award in honor of selling 128 million albums. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood sang a tribute to Eddy Arnold with their version of “Make The World Go Away”.

There was a long list of guests along with performers for the show which include entertainers such as Montgomery Gentry, Toby Keith, Kelly Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, George Strait and many more.

Jan Barrett

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