Aldean, Underwood Win New Artist Awards
The annual Academy of Country Music Awards honor newcomers
Newcomer Carrie Underwood of “American Idol” fame walked away from her first awards with two honors, while
Brooks & Dunn won their 20th and 21st awards for top vocal duo and song of the year, “Believe,'” co-written by Ronnie Dunn and Craig Wiseman. Kix Brooks said the duo knew the song was good but wasn’t sure it would be a hit.
“It’s always fun to be a part of something so strong and so spiritual,” he said.
“It never gets old, man. Winning entertainer of the year has an expiration date,” said Chesney, who won the honor for the second consecutive year.
Paisley, who came into the competition with a leading six nominations, walked away with the one award he said he really wanted, album of the year for Time Well Wasted. His duet with
Before Tuesday, he had won only two ACMs – last year’s vocal event and launch video awards for his collaboration with
Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel,” which she performed on the show, won single of the year and helped propel her to the top new female honor.
“I wouldn’t be here if God hadn’t opened all the doors for me,” she told the audience.
Jason Aldean, whose song “Why” is No. 1 this week, was named top new male vocalist and
“I’ve waited for this my whole life,” she said.
After the show, Urban dodged questions about his engagement to actress Nicole Kidman, smiling as he said, “She’s not here, but thank you for asking.” He added that she was “very congratulatory” about his award.
A poignant moment came Tuesday as
Gill was honored for his community service and charitable giving of his time and talent with a trophy and a playground built in a city of his choice. He said that probably would be New Orleans. Previous winners include McEntire, McBride, Lonestar and Neal McCoy.
There also was a medley of songs honoring the late Buck Owens. The creator of country music’s Bakersfield Sound died in March. His son, Buddy – wearing one of his father’s jackets – joined
– Associated Press