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2014 ACM Awards nominees and winners recap

The 49th annual ACM Awards was full of surprises
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The 49th annual ACM Awards took place on Sunday, April 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The show, hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, opened with a blast of rock sound and confetti showering the audience as The Band Perry performed “Chainsaw.”

Highlights of the show included Blake Shelton singing “My Eyes” with former “The Voice” contestant, Gwen Sebastian, Lee Brice’s heart-tugging excerpt from “I Drive Your Truck”, Eric Church blurring the lines of traditional country with a rousing performance of “Give Me Back My Hometown”, Lady Antebellum performing with Stevie Nicks, George Strait showing he’s still got it with “I Got A Car” and a George Strait and Miranda Lambert tribute to Merle Haggard.

The night’s winners were divided between those artists that fans have come to expect to always rise to the top and a few newcomers that tipped the scales in their favor, shaking off the film that can sometimes settle over awards shows.

The 2014 ACM Awards nominees and winners are as follows, with the winners shown in bold:

Entertainer of the Year

Luke Bryan

Miranda Lambert

Blake Shelton

George Strait

Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the Year

Blake Shelton

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Lee Brice

Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year

Sheryl Crow

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

Kacey Musgraves

Vocal Duo of the Year

Big & Rich

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Love and Theft

Thompson Square

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum

The Band Perry

Eli Young Band

Little Big Town

Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year

Based On A True Story - Blake Shelton
Crash My Party - Luke Bryan
Here’s to the Good Times - Florida Georgia Line
Two Lanes of Freedom - Tim McGraw
Same Trailer Different Park - Kacey Musgraves

Single Record of the Year

Cruise - Florida Georgia Line
Highway Don’t Care -Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban
Mama’s Broken Heart - Miranda Lambert
Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker
I Drive Your Truck - Lee Brice

Song of the Year

Every Storm Runs Out of Rain - Written by Hillary Lindsey, Matthew Warren and Gary Allan
Performed by Gary Allan

Mine Would Be You - Written by Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Deric Ruttan
Performed By Blake Shelton

I Drive Your Truck - Written by Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Jimmy Yeary
Performed by Lee Brice

Mama's Broken Heart - Written by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves
Performed by Miranda Lambert

Wagon Wheel - Written by Bob Dylan & Ketch Secor
Performed by Darius Rucker

Video of the Year

Better DigTwo - The Band Perry
Blowin’ Smoke - Kacey Musgraves
Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
I Drive Your Truck - Lee Brice
Mama’s Broken Heart - Miranda Lambert
Two Black Cadillacs - Carrie Underwood

Vocal Event of the Year

Boys 'Round Here - Blake Shelton feat. Pistol Annies
Cruise - Florida Georgia Line with Nelly
Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker feat. Lady Antebellum
We Were Us - Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert

New Artist of the Year

Brett Eldredge
Justin Moore
Kip Moore

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