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Academy Country Music (ACM) Awards 2014

Live Stream, Nominees, Predictions, Tickets

MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV, 6 April, 8pm ET


ACM Awards

With the more mainstream music awards already out of the way attention turns to the world of country music, and the first major ceremony of the year takes place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, courtesy of the Academy of Country Music, usually abbreviated to ACM for convenience.

It's something of a guilty secret of mine to admit that I've always been something of a closet country music fan, even when in my childhood years it was about as far away from being cool as it was possible to get. I think it stems back to long car rides to family holiday destinations throughout my youth where we would be subjected to a pretty much constant stream of country singers, the likes of Perry Como, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Glen Campbell were always playing away in top cassette-quality stereo sound!

In later years the likes of Shania Twain and Sheryl Crow kept up my interest in the genre, while more recently I even have to confess a soft spot for Taylor Swift, while relative newcomer Kacey Musgraves is still regularly making it onto my playlist.

So to these awards - well they are very much a big deal, and anyone and everyone from the country scene will be attending, with top live performances throughout the evening too. Definitely a place to see and be seen if this is your market.

Nominations and Predictions


The show is hosted this year by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. The full list of nominees is as follows, with as always our predictions for the winner in each category denoted in italics:

Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Lee Brice
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year
Sheryl Crow
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
Thompson Square

Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band
Miranda Lambert, Healing in the Heartland
Trae Patton/NBC

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
Same Trailer Different Park - Kacey Musgraves
Two Lanes of Freedom - Tim McGraw

Single Record of the Year
"Cruise" - Florida Georgia Line
"Highway Don't Care" - Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
"I Drive Your Truck" - Lee Brice
"Mama's Broken Heart" - Miranda Lambert
"Wagon Wheel" - Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum

Song of the Year
"Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" - Gary Allen
"I Drive Your Truck - Lee Brice
"Mama's Broken Heart" - Miranda Lambert
"Mine Would Be You" - Blake Shelton
"Wagon Wheel" - Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum

Video of the Year
"Better Dig Two" - The Band Perry
"Blowin' Smoke" - Kacey Musgraves
"Highway Don't Care" - Tim McGraw Featuring 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 Featuring Pistol Annies & Friends
"Cruise (Remix)" - Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly
"Highway Don't Care" - Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
"Wagon Wheel" - Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum
"We Were Us" - Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert

Streaming & Video


The broadcast rights for the awards this years are again held by CBS. The CBS site is advertising an online video stream for the show, but whether this will have live coverage or only highlights isn't clear at this stage. Either way, you will need to be in the US to watch:

ACM Awards on CBS

If you would like to watch the red carpet as the stars arrive for the awards, it is being broadcast live this year by GAC TV, who will also have extensive video coverage of the show:

ACM Red Carpet live

There is also a UStream channel advertising the awards but looking at previous broadcasts I think this might just be red carpet coverage too:

Academy Country Music Awards Ustream

The Academy of Country Music do have an official Youtube channel where they upload clips of all the winners after the event so if you miss watching live you'll be able to catch up there, plus view footage from previous years' events:

ACM Awards Youtube Official

Hotels & Accommodation


If you're visiting Las Vegas for the awards then there is the usual vast range of accommodation on offer. You can search for hotels, check availability and make reservations for local hotels here.



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