2010 ACM Awards Live Blog

Staff | April 18th, 2010

The 45th Academy of Country Music Awards kicks off tonight from the down-home heartland of America: Las Vegas, Nevada. Like the gamblers swilling free drinks and praying over penny slots up and down The Strip, country music’s latest and greatest will take their chances on trophies such as Top Male Vocalist, Top New Artist and Vocal Event of the Year.

Juli and Karlie will follow along as Reba changes outfits, Kix and Ronnie sing for the final time as a duo and Carrie Underwood makes some comment destined to be construed as anti-Taylor sentiment.

And since you’re obviously hip enough to follow a live blog of the show, keep your cell phone handy. For the first time, you’ll be able to text in your picks for the fan-voted Entertainer of the Year category. Stay on the lookout for text codes for each of the nominees during the broadcast.

So get comfy, flex your thumb muscles and keep your cynicism (somewhat) in check. Live from Las Vegas…it’s the ACM Awards!

10:00 – Juli: Thanks for reading, everyone. Last one out turn off the lights.

9:59 – Karlie: Darius is an odd note to end on, but it sounds happy. We hope you’ve enjoyed the live blog as much as we did. In the words of the 2010 EOTY, God bless you so much.

9:58 – Juli: Hi, Sam Bush! So good to see you rockin’ the mando for Darius Rucker’s performance.

9:57 – Karlie: And the war is on. Taylor fans, start your engines.

9:55 – Juli: Nobody stole Carrie’s happy tonight. Congrats, EOTY!

9:53 – Juli: Who knew Nicole Kidman could move the muscles in her face enough to sing along? That was pretty dang cute, though.

9:51 – Karlie: Keith sounded great, and -aw! – Nicole Kidman was singing along. I would sing along too if my husband was a rock pop country star.

9:50 – Juli: This camerawork is making me nauseated. Or maybe it’s the light reflecting off Keith Urban’s waxed chest.

9:47 – Karlie: Is this some kind of satiric nod to the user-generated awe$omeness of the Interwebz and the havoc it’s wrecked on the music industry?

9:47 – Juli: Keith is singing Radney Foster’s “I’m In.” I like this song. I even like The Kinleys’ version. Remember them?

9:45 – Juli: Whatever happens, Karlie, we can count on Taylor to look shocked.

9:44 – Karlie: So will Taylor go the whole night without an award? Or does she have EOTY on lockdown?

9:55 – Karlie: AND THE WAR IS ON!!!

9:42 – Karlie: Miranda Lambert: “You’ve got to be kidding me. Reba McEntire, Lee Ann Womack, Carrie Underwood. … Taylor Swift. You’ve got to be kidding me!”

9:41 – Juli: Yay for Miranda, but Lee Ann Womack was robbed.

9:40 – Juli: Mr. Fergie Ferg looks like he’s ready to go up with the Space Shuttle.

9:39 – Karlie: I guess LeAnn Rimes didn’t make this slideshow.

9:39 – Juli: Waiting to see Martina and a bottle of Jack in the “Keep on Lovin’ You” montage.

9:37 – Karlie: Only 20 minutes left, and no “Rebaaaaa, Las Vegas!” play on words?

9:34 – Karlie: That second Taylor Swift performance sure was short. Oh, wait, it was just background music on a commercial for the new Letters to Juliet movie.

9:32 – Karlie: Oh! Oh! Lee Ann Womack sighting! If only for .25 seconds.

9:30 – Juli: Brooks and Dunn now have to accept the Top Vocal Duo award and pretend like they don’t want to beat each other to death with their own rib bones.

9:30 – Karlie: I’m so glad there won’t be an awkward Sugarland/Brooks and Dunn repeat.

9:30 – Karlie: Is Carrie wearing Matthew’s boots? Wink, wink.

9:26 – Juli: Remember the “My Maria” music video where Kix got to ride the cool horse and Ronnie was stuck releasing that stupid dove? No wonder they’re going their separate ways.

9:24 – Juli: Brooks and Dunn look like they can barely stand to be onstage together. They’ll be singing “My Maria.”

9:17 – Juli: Poor Brad isn’t even dried off and he’s onstage accepting the award for Top Male Vocalist.

9:15 – Juli: Good thinking to hand off the Tele before you jump in the pool, Paisley.

9:13 – Brody: People are diggin’ the Toby Keith song performed earlier. Over 600 searches and rising.

9:13 – Juli: Brad Paisley’s singing “Water.” Fess up: who’s gotta pee now?

9:03 – Juli: Karlie, it mostly involves drinking every time you roll your eyes at the happenings on stage/screen. Make sure your local poison control center is on speed dial.

9:00 – Karlie: Does the ACM drinking game involve taking the number of shots equivalent to the Entertainer of the Year nominee you voted for? 1 for Brad, 2 for Carrie…?

9:01 – Juli: What’s up with all the hand-holding, Lady A? Did Hillary take on more high heel than she can handle?

8:58 – Juli: Reba’s having some trouble reading off the teleprompter. She and Martina must be playing the ACM drinking game backstage.

8:57 – Karlie: Is it just me, or does Carrie seem to connect better with material she writes? Digging the understated personality she brought.

8:56 – Juli: Carrie sounds good, but is she wearing a Donna Martin original?

8:55 – Karlie: Carrie could totally double as Watercolor Barbie.

8:53 – Brody: Two hours down, one to go. Carrie Underwood up now with “Temporary Home.”

8:49 – Karlie: Jack just set the bar high for Taylor Swift’s next awards show performance – fans on stage!

8:49 – Juli: Test…

8:46 – Karlie: Jack Ingram and Dierks Bentley take the (crowd) stage together.

8:43 – Karlie: And no, I didn’t mean for that to read semi-dirty. Let’s hear a Humanitarian Award acceptance speech and get out of the gutters.

8:42 – Karlie: Boyfriend Blake Shelton gives her a standing O. Smart guy.

8:39 – Karlie: I wonder if it’s weird for Miranda to see her face on all those screens as she’s singing?

8:38 – Karlie: Miranda’s up first. No flash here.

8:33 – Karlie: Coming up: Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw.

8:27Brody: Album of the year goes to Miranda Lambert for Revolution and her producer got cut off mid-speech.

8:16 – Karlie: I would have preferred the Token Kix Song to be “Rock My World (Little Country Girl).” Maybe that’s just me. From the choices, I’d have to go with “My Maria.”

8:13 – Karlie: Nice – looks like our server perked up after the Taylor performance. Take that as you will. Comment away, folks.

8:13 – Karlie: With all of the (deserved) spotlight on “Need You Now,” I wonder how “American Honey” will stack up over the next few weeks? Pretty lackluster follow-up.

8:12 – Karlie: Anyone else surprised Gloriana’s Taylor points didn’t carry them?

8:11 – Karlie: Luke Bryan wins Top New Artist.

8:10 – Karlie: Make that Single Record of the Year. And we’re back…

7:55 – Karlie: Record of the Year goes to Lady Antebellum. Could there be a sweep tonight?

7:50 – Karlie: Looks like we may be having a few technical difficulties – Juli will be back on ASAP. And if you’re trying to leave a comment and it’s not responding, we apologize! Hopefully you can still read along until we get things fixed up.

7:47 – Karlie: Announcer Dude: “Don’t miss Taylor Swift’s AMAZING performance!”

7:46 – Karlie: Did ZB just sub in “near beer” into the “Chicken Fried” lyrics? Nice.

7:42 – Karlie: I don’t usually associate Toby Keith with the adjective understated. I kind of like it.

7:40 – Karlie: Toby Keith slows things down with “Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song).”

7:40 – Juli: Toby’s up singing “Cryin’ for Me (Wayman’s Song).” He’s joined by Dave Koz on sax.

7:35 – Karlie: I won’t lie, those dudes popping out of the floor were pretty awesome. Kind of like a human Whack A Mole.

7:33 – Juli: It must be difficult to dance in assless chaps.

7:32 – Karlie: Not. Sure. What. To. Say.

7:30 – Juli: Hey, it’s Laura Bell Bundy, aka Not Kristin Chenoweth.

7:30 – Karlie: Just so you’re not confused, I’m not his wife Karlie.

7:29 – Juli: “Need You Now” for Song of the Year.

7:28 – Karlie: Oh, an award! That’s what this show is.

7:26 – Karlie: I keep looking for Drunken Martina during the crowd sweeps. Here’s hoping for a close up.

7:26 – Juli: Fellas, CBS cares about your prostate.

7:23 – Juli: I’m voting for Drunken Martina, whose tweets have entertained me more than anything those eight folks have done.

7:23 – Karlie: Anyone out there whipping your cell phones out? Who are you voting for?

7:19 – Juli: Kenny’s borrowing George Strait’s technique of holding the guitar but never actually playing it. At least he’s wearing sleeves. Short ones, but sleeves nonetheless.

7:20 – Karlie: I’m also glad the screen behind Kenny keeps flashing the word “Gone.” It really helps carry the song’s message through.

7:18 – Juli: Wait, the star of “Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D” is Kenny Chesney? So glad there’s an announcer to explain these things.

7:16 – Karlie: From “Hillbilly Bone” to “That’s How Country Boys Roll.” Next up: “I’m a Little More Country Than That,” followed by “Small Town USA.”

7:16 – Juli: I kind of like Billy Currington when he’s not singing about millionaire geezers in bars. Or about how country boys roll. Stick with turnip greens, bud.

7:14 – Karlie: I’m pretty sure that guitar player comes up to Blake and Trace’s shoulders. In boots.

7:12 – Juli: Blake and Trace singing “Hillbilly Bone.” The best part of this performance is Trace’s belt buckle.

7:12 – Karlie: “My good friend Merle Haggard.” – Cher. Totes jeal.

7:10 – Juli: Aww, listen to the crowd pretending they know who Bob Wills is.

7:10 – Karlie: Is Cher re-enacting the ending scene from Grease?

7:10 – Juli: Cher! Cher! Cher!

7:09 – Juli: Props to the Zac Brown Band, currently on a USO tour in the Middle East.

7:05 – Juli: Imagine Kenny popping out of the screen in 3D? No thanks.

7:05 – Karlie: Five minutes in, and a Tiger Woods joke – touche, Reba.

7:04 – Karlie: Sequins, fiddles and hemlines, oh my!

7:01 – Juli: Charlie Daniels is looking good after his health problems, but I worry that Miranda and Carrie’s outfits might cause some heart palpitations.

7:01 – Karlie: Here we go folks!

  1. Rick
    April 19, 2010 at 5:35 pm
    Hey Stormy, thanks for the Celebrity Apprentice updates! I DVR'd it last night and now that I know Emily West and the women's team won the challenge, I'll take the time to watch. Well those portions of the show featuring Emily anyway... So I take it from reading this stuff here that Joey+Rory did not get to perform during the ACM awards show? That would have been the only performance I would have been looking for on YouTube today. Oh well...
  2. Thomas
    April 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm
    ...taylor can't fly a truck.
  3. Vicki
    April 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm
    Anyone else wonder why Taylor didn't win ETOY? I mean yes, Carrie has overwhelming, obsessed fans but Taylor has world domination plus, I grant you, more American fans than Carrie now. So was it sent around the Taylor fan clubs to not vote?
  4. Michelle
    April 19, 2010 at 3:05 pm
    I thought Billy Currington sounded great. Not a huge fan, but he sounded good.
  5. JeffT
    April 19, 2010 at 8:38 am
    This is the kind of show, and guests, you get when they turn country into rock. I get the impression a lot of "country" acts are frustrated rockers who have no outlet for their music. My two cents worth: Chesney-cheesy performance. Taylor was better than usual. Lots of pre-recorded instrumentation. Darius Rucker is not a great live performer. Great night for Miranda, well-deserved. It's not like B&D were best buds who formed a band. They were put together by their respective management teams. Loved Currington, Ingram and Dierks, who sounded better than usual.
  6. Drew
    April 19, 2010 at 6:57 am
    Ronnie seemed to be confused at the beginning of his performance too. Is it just me, or were their mics working pretty badly most of the night? I know a lot of the acts just sucked, but too much of it just sounded like noise... the voice(s) were overshadowed by (loud) instrumentation. And where is Alan Jackson? Why was he not nominated for anything? Why didn't he perform? He just put out a (good) album, I would've thought (and was hoping) he'd be out there last night in some capacity. What a shame. We had to listen to Laura Bell Bundy instead...
  7. gadda
    April 19, 2010 at 6:56 am
    wow. it just proves that carrie doesn't need to tweet or appear in a video to vote for her. she just got her fans uniting for her. carrie doesn't need the media, etc. All she need to do is sing all those songs and inspire others. to the haters, did you even vote,? are your votes enough? or carrie has just more fans.? you know carrie doesn't need a popular Bf, an appearance in the movie, tv shows, or some kanye moment. it just her talent that truly matters here in this well deserved win.
  8. Tristan
    April 18, 2010 at 11:47 pm
    Big woops for both Rascal Flatts and Lady A- both had timing mishaps during their performances!
  9. Saving Country Music
    April 18, 2010 at 10:54 pm
    I wouldn't get too exercised about Taylor Swift not winning anything. Remember her manager saying that she was overexposed? Her 0-fer night was probably by request.
  10. Vicki
    April 18, 2010 at 10:47 pm
    My thoughts: Good show. Things I noticed: Kenny lipsynced. why? So happy for Lady A, Miranda and Luc Bryan! Miranda, great performance of "House that Built Me", Carrie great performance (although not quite sure I liked the strings..someone was off but Carrie carried on in tune) Reba, great performance..she could win the decade's female vocalist of the year award. Forget performance: Jason Aldeon. Song they should have performed: Joey and Rory should have sung "Emmy Lou" instead of "White trash ho" again. When they sang on GAC's introducing top new artists show, they were magical..both their songs were so real and true.
  11. Steve Harvey
    April 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm
    This has got to be the first Country Music awards ceremony in three years that Swift hasn't picked up any bling at.
  12. WAYNOE
    April 18, 2010 at 10:25 pm
    Anyone beats Swift, even Carrie.
  13. rebecca
    April 18, 2010 at 10:24 pm
    why did kenny lipsink??????????? disappointing. Great show tho so far.
  14. Nicolas
    April 18, 2010 at 10:21 pm
    Congratulations Miranda Lambert on your well-deserved wins for Female Vocalist & Album of the Year! <3 Love ya Ran! And I'm glad Carrie Underwood one Entertainer... kinda nice to have an awards show without Taylor Swift winning everything (or anything, in this case) =)
  15. ALJID
    April 18, 2010 at 10:11 pm
    So genuinely happy for Miranda Lambert. And another ETOY award for Carrie Underwood! The ACMs handed down some justice. A female vocalist that can sing and an entertainer that is one of the best live acts. Congrats to Brad too!
  16. Codename
    April 18, 2010 at 10:06 pm
    Reba looked great
  17. Scooter
    April 18, 2010 at 10:03 pm
    Good for Miranda and Lady A. I wish Joey + Rory would have won something.
  18. merlefan49
    April 18, 2010 at 10:01 pm
    Glad Miranda got Female Vocalist .
  19. Steve Harvey
    April 18, 2010 at 9:59 pm
    It appears so.
  20. merlefan49
    April 18, 2010 at 9:57 pm
    I just tuned in was it a Taylor Swift shut out?
  21. Steve Harvey
    April 18, 2010 at 9:57 pm
    Have to say, I'm a little surprised and a lot pleased that Lambert took out FEMALE VOCALIST. Although I would've been pleased by a Lee Ann Womack win also.
  22. Michelle
    April 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm
    Eat your hearts out, all you Miranda HATERS!!!!LOL!!
  23. Stormy
    April 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm
    The women's team won the Apprentice--so if Emily West doesn't break through we can all blame Cyndi Lauper.
  24. Michelle
    April 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm
    OMG! I am in freaking shock. It's about dayum time! Miranda is FINALLY getting some much deserved recognition!! Maybe, I'll start watching the ACM's more. This is the first time in a long time, for me!
  25. David S
    April 18, 2010 at 9:45 pm
    LOL at the remarks about Martina and the bottle of Jack and LeAnn Rimes not being in the slideshow. I was waiting for Mindy McCready and Roger Clemmens, though.
  26. Drew
    April 18, 2010 at 9:44 pm
    Surprised to see Miranda win, a good choice though. Just happy it wasn't Swift, as clearly she is not a top vocalist. Although Underwood really sounded great live tonight, quite a bit better than Miranda.
  27. Karlie Justus
    April 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm
    Ken: What can I say, I know my arcade games. ;)
  28. caroline
    April 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm
    Where is Alan Jackson????
  29. lanibug
    April 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm
    I love the look on Miranda's face when she wins Female Vocalist!!!
  30. Ken Morton, Jr.
    April 18, 2010 at 9:39 pm
    Karlie: I won’t lie, those dudes popping out of the floor were pretty awesome. Kind of like a human Whack A Mole. Karlie, you're a comedic genius.
  31. Michelle
    April 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm
    That's kinda sad. You'll be missed B&D!
  32. Karlie Justus
    April 18, 2010 at 9:27 pm
    Here's a ACM drinking game for the Sober Sallies out there: Take a drink every time Brooks and Dunn make eye contact.
  33. Michelle
    April 18, 2010 at 9:27 pm
    I think my hearing's getting bad!
  34. Stormy
    April 18, 2010 at 9:24 pm
    Awwwww, Cyndi's pep talk. It has to be cool when someone who has made it pulls you aside to tell you that you are really good and still way younger than they were when they made it.
  35. Stormy
    April 18, 2010 at 9:22 pm
    Sorry, that should be Curtis has GOT a nice, healthy view of the whole thing. Holly Robison doesn't know much about country music these days, does she?
  36. trish
    April 18, 2010 at 9:22 pm
    I choose the ACM's tonight to see if Luke won (and all the performances). I knew that Celebrity Apprentice would be online some time soon so I can watch Luke on there whenever I want! But yes, how stupid for Celebrity Apprentice people to put country artists on there the same night as a country music awards show. DUMB!
  37. Stormy
    April 18, 2010 at 9:21 pm
    I still haven't figured out why the girls team decided to turn Emily into Faith Hill for the photo shoot. But it looks like she got some good advise from Maria on the interviews. The guys didn't seem to listen to anything Luke said in Brett's desire to make him a rock star. Now, I have to surround myself with garlic and crosses to ward off the evil spirits of Pete Fisher I like Curtis. He's not a nice, healthy view of the whole thing.
  38. Saving Country Music
    April 18, 2010 at 9:19 pm
    Matt Mcconaughey is higher than a Georgia pine.
  39. Saving Country Music
    April 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm
    Classy: The ACM's have an above ground pool.
  40. David S
    April 18, 2010 at 9:06 pm
    Looks like Luke Bryan fans had to choose between the ACMs and Celebrity Apprentice tonight... Emily West is also on Celebrity Apprentice tonight. So far, the Celebrity Apprentice has been more entertaining of the two shows in the Sunday night time slot.
  41. Michelle
    April 18, 2010 at 9:04 pm
    Shhh, Tim's singing!
  42. lanibug
    April 18, 2010 at 9:03 pm
    I like the watercolor barbie statement...
  43. David S
    April 18, 2010 at 9:01 pm
    Wow is that seriously Eddie Cibrian presenting Group of the Year? I thought it was bad enough they let LeAnn Rimes present. What a farce.
  44. Karlie Justus
    April 18, 2010 at 8:59 pm
    Juli - Donna Martin original? I just died.
  45. Saving Country Music
    April 18, 2010 at 8:58 pm
    Nicole Kidman = Work done.
  46. Michelle
    April 18, 2010 at 8:46 pm
    No, Rich, I thought he was too!
  47. Danielle
    April 18, 2010 at 8:40 pm
    I feel Rascal Flatts deserves more recognition then they get!
  48. Jonathan
    April 18, 2010 at 8:40 pm
    Miranda Lambert is giving the best performance of the night so far...about an hour 40 minutes into the show...I LOVE Miranda and this song but that says a lot about everyone else
  49. Saving Country Music
    April 18, 2010 at 8:40 pm
    No Rich, I saw that too. First thought it was auto-tune, but then it all made sense.
  50. Saving Country Music
    April 18, 2010 at 8:39 pm
    Can we vote for Brook's & Dunn to NOT play a last song?
  51. rich
    April 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm
    am i the only one who thought it was obvious kenny chesney was lip-syncing? also, color me impressed by taylor swift's performance; probably the best one she's done on an awards show.
  52. Saving Country Music
    April 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm
    Rascal Flatts is like the new Wilson Philips: The chubby one is the one with all the talent. That band's got more moose than the Canadian wilderness.
  53. Michelle
    April 18, 2010 at 8:31 pm
    Yea, for Miranda! I was about to get mad!!
  54. Trish
    April 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm
    love me some LUKE BYRAN!!! Such an amazing artist and even better in concert! Seen him 5 times now!
  55. Saving Country Music
    April 18, 2010 at 8:22 pm
    Juli's comments are my favorite part of the ACM's so far.
  56. Brody Vercher
    April 18, 2010 at 8:15 pm
    And comments should be working now. If anyone is still having problems, email me (brody [at] the9513.com) and I'll see what I can do.
  57. Ryan Jones
    April 18, 2010 at 8:13 pm
    If I dial 9, will it vote for Jamey Johnson?
  58. Brody Vercher
    April 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm
    Even Taylor look surprised she pulled that note off...
  59. Juli Thanki
    April 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm
    Was Joe Nichols too weak to button his shirt past his sternum?
  60. Brody Vercher
    April 18, 2010 at 7:51 pm
    Shouldn't she actually, uh, perform before people start making declarations about the performance?
  61. Brody Vercher
    April 18, 2010 at 7:44 pm
    Methinks Toby could give Jamey Johnson a run for his money in a beardoff.
  62. Brody Vercher
    April 18, 2010 at 7:28 pm
    7:26 – Juli: Fellas, CBS cares about your prostate. Except the dude voicing the commercial made it sound more like "ZBS" cares.
  63. Steve Harvey
    April 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm
    Early word is that Keith Urban's tie is the most exciting thing in the room.