The Band Perry opened The Academy of Country Music Awards a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll with a sexy version of their hit Chainsaw, but it was Keith Urban who was ripping through the awards as they opened.
The Australian country star and American Idol judge was the early leader on Sunday night, cashing in by teaming up with his super friends. He won two trophies as producer and performer when he and Miranda Lambert won vocal event of the year for their duet We Were Us before the awards.
And his Highway Don’t Care collaboration with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift won video of the year. Lambert and McGraw are the top nominees with seven apiece and Urban is up for six.
The Perry family opened the show with a rocked-up version of Chainsaw, showering the crowd with confetti – so much that it piled up like snow drifts in the hair of stars like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.
Show hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton figure in two of the night’s other top categories. They’re both up for male vocalist of the year with Jason Aldean, Lee Brice and Urban.
And Bryan’s Crash My Party and Shelton’s Based on a True Story… are up for album of the year with Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times, Kacey Musgraves’ Grammy Award-winning country album of the year Same Trailer Different Park” and Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom.
Swift and Lambert are up for female vocalist of the year with Musgraves, Carrie Underwood and Sheryl Crow.
And Lambert’s Mama’s Broken Heart, co-written by Musgraves, is up for single record and song of the year.
Lambert’s vocal event win is her 16th trophy at the awards since she opened with a top new female vocalist award in 2006. She’s also up for song and single record of the year for Mama’s Broken Heart, and entertainer of the year.