While the majority of country music’s top men hide beneath cowboy hats, more and more are tossing the lid aside. Chris Young made the decision last year, but other stars like Keith Urban and Jake Owen have regularly showcased their long, flowing locks to adoring fans.
Last week’s country music news was abuzz with news of Taylor Swift taking home the 2012 ACM prize for Entertainer of the Year. But you might have overlooked that before country’s sweetheart was gushing thank yous onstage in Las Vegas, she was hanging out with First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. The First Lady presented Swift with the Big Help award for her philanthropic efforts.
Yep, it’s still going on. If you’ve missed out on the ongoing mini-drama that is Ashton Kutcher and Justin Moore (with a touch of Miranda Lambert thrown in for kicks), allow us to summarize for you. At the ACM Awards on April 1, Kutcher got onstage to present Lambert with an award wearing an over-the-top red Western jacket and cowboy hat. He sang an unimpressive few bars of George Strait‘s ‘I Cross My Heart,’ which was a delight to the crowd, but not so much to a few country stars.
Big congrats to Taylor Swift! The country cutie was crowned Entertainer of the Year at the 2012 ACM Awards, marking her second consecutive win of the prestigious fan-voted award. Although she was the youngest nominee in the category, going up against country vets Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton, Swift managed to get the most fan votes to win Entertainer of the Year once again.
Even though he is the co-host of the 2012 ACM Awards, Blake Shelton didn’t stuff the ballot to win the Male Vocalist of the Year award. He won it because he is awesome. We’d venture to guess that some of his newly-cultivated fans from his stint on the ‘The Voice‘ voted, too.
After a heated battle with other up-and-coming country artists, Scotty McCreery managed to garner the most fan votes to take home the Best New Artist trophy at the 2012 ACM Awards. McCreery, who has gone on to top the country charts with his debut album and single after hit single since winning season 10 of ‘American Idol,’ was absolutely overjoyed to be crowned the Best New Artist at the ACMs, and he could hardly contain his excitement.
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