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It has been a few weeks since Las Vegas went country, and what a show it was. The ACM Awards were held on April 5th 2009, and I have the review for you.

AWARDS
Not too many surprises for me this year at the ACM's concerning awards winners. I predicted that either Jamey Johnson or Trace Adkins would win Song of the Year or Single Record of the Year, and each won one. Video of the Year wasn't such a surprise. I knew that either Carrie or Brad would win it, and Brad did. Vocal Event of the Year was no surprise either. I knew that Brad and Keith would win that award. Top Vocal Duo was a moment full of suspence, but no real shock when Sugarland won and put a stop to Brooks and Dunn's hold on the award. And no surprise at all when Rascal Flatts tooks home Top Vocal Group. Carrie and Brad (probably the King and Queen of country music currently) were obviously going to win Top Male and Top Female Vocalist awards. The only true shockers were when Carrie won Entertainer and Julianne won Top New Artist. I wasn't against these two winning, but it just shocked me that Julianne took it instead of Jake Owen, and Carrie took it instead of Kenny. I guess that just goes to show how powerful those two reality-show winners (American Idol and Dancing With the Stars) are. 

PERFORMANCES
This is the part of the reviewing where some artists get bashed for lousy performances, or praised for wonderful performances. The opening of the show was great! Brooks and Dunn with Carrie, Taylor, Sugarland, and Rascal Flatts was just a great way to open a show. No critisism here unless we want to talk about how good they sounded, in which Brooks and Dunn were great, Carrie was great, Taylor was fair, Sugarland was great and Rascal Flatts was good. Kenny Chesney, the former Entertainer of the Year, was next with his latest near-top 10 single "Out Last Night" which, for me, was just good. Not great, just good. And since I forgot the order of performances after him I will just review the rest not in order. Miley Cyrus sounded better than what she normally does live, but she still didn't sound great. She had a fair performance. Taylor Swift had an amazing introduction, and a pretty solid performance. A good one. Trace Adkins was great, and I don't need to say more. Carrie Underwood sounded magnificent, a perfect performance of her latest Top 5 hit. George Strait still has it, obviously because he also sounded wonderful. It was a great performance! Miranda Lambert debuted a brand new single at the ACM's and it was just a good performance for me. Reba, the shows host for the 11th time, also debuted her newest top 40 single which was definately "Strange" in every way. It was enjoyable, and good though. John Rich stirred the crowed singing his true American anthem "Shuttin' Detroit Down", which was one of the best of the night. Great. Keith Urban sang his latest which was a very fun performance, and it was also great. Lady Antebellum sang their newest top 20 song and sounded not nearly as good as they have before, but they still sounded good. Sugarland, who always likes to rock the boat by singing songs that AREN'T singles sang "What I'd Give" and sounded brilliant. Montgomery Gentry gave quite a performance of their latest party-hard top 10 and sounded fair. Rascal Flatts were, again, really good. But not great. Jamey Johnson sang his hit that won Song of the Year and just didn't sound good. He was honestly my least favorite of the night. If I forgot anyone, tell me in the forum below.
Overall, here is how I thought the performances were:
Kenny: good
Miley: fair
Taylor: good
Trace: great
Carrie: perfect
George: great
Miranda: good
Reba: good
John: great
Keith: great
Lady A.: good
Sugarland: perfect
Montgomery Gentry: fair
Rascal Flatts: really good
Jamey: bad

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