The 2011 American Country Awards winners were announced on Dec. 5 in Las Vegas, and though it was only the second annual event, the A-list country music star showing proved that this is one awards show that’s here to stay. With so many beautiful faces and even more talent, handing out awards to name the best of the best is no easy feat.
As quickly as FOX could unroll the red carpet for the 2011 American Country Awards, the stars started rolling in. Monday, Dec. 5, marks the second annual event, which has dug its roots in Las Vegas rather than Nashville like most of the other country music awards shows.
Garth Brooks is currently playing a string of dates at the Las Vegas’ Wynn Casino, which run through February, but don’t expect him to take his show on the road for a full tour just yet. The 49-year-old country music icon won’t be coming out of retirement, at least until his youngest daughter graduates from college in 2014.
Chris Young is taking a month-long break from drinking — or at least, that’s the goal. The ‘Tomorrow’ hitmaker shared via his Twitter page that he’s inciting No Alcohol December following the ever-popular No Shave November, which means he won’t drink until after Christmas.
In a time of economic grief, Ronnie Dunn‘s hit ‘Cost of Livin’‘ resonates with many people — not just country music fans. That’s why the song has been picked up as the central theme of two upcoming TV episodes of ‘The Doctors’ and ‘Dr. Phil.’
Toby Keith won’t make his ‘Glee‘ television debut until next week, but a full clip of the ‘Red Solo Cup‘ cover has already hit the web. When an old McKinley High School regular (played by Chord Overstreet) returns in the ‘Hold On to Sixteen’ episode, a party ensues, and the red party cups get passed around like candy — filled with sparkling cider, of course.
As Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles remarked, Martina McBride has one of the best voices in music — not just in country, but in all genres. McBride practically floated as she sang her rendition of ‘Please Come Home for Christmas’ on the Dec. 1 ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special, which we’d argue could be the performance of the evening.
Faith Hill knows the true meaning of Christmas — it’s making sure the reindeer are fed. After spilling the intimate details of her holiday traditions with her country cowboy husband Tim McGraw during the ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special, the blonde songstress laid down a good kind of sleepy song: the classic ‘Little Drummer Boy.’
‘Snow flurries’ fell from the ‘sky’ in the Bridgestone Arena as the three Rascal Flatts wise guys — err, men (in host Jennifer Nettles’ words) — delivered a soft and sweet version of the classic, ‘White Christmas’ during the ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special.
Following a successful throat surgery, Keith Urban will once again find his voice — or more specifically, ‘The Voice.’ As it was rumored, the Down Under native will join the Australian version of the hit TV show ‘The Voice’ next year.
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