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» Country Doubles Down: The Academy of Country Music was double-dealing in Las Vegas Sunday night (4/3) as dual hosts Reba and BlakeShelton introduced performances at both of the Strip's two biggest venues before the 46th Annual ACM Awards show was even an hour old. Carrying the pairing theme through were performances by Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler ("Undo It" into "Walk This Way"), Jennifer Nettles and Rihanna ("California King Bed"), Darius Rucker with the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp Choir ("Music From The Heart") and the Zac Brown Band with James Taylor ("Colder Weather" into "Sweet Baby James"). Four performances originated from the Mandalay Bay Events Center, with the bulk of the show being hosted at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Earning her first ACM Entertainer of the Year honor was a singular moment for Taylor Swift, who topped the tally as a record of nearly 600,000 fan votes were cast. The night's biggest trophy haul came from Miranda Lambert with four, including awards for Female Vocalist as well as Song, Single and Video ("The House That Built Me"). Brad Paisley won his fifth consecutive Male Vocalist award, Sugarland earned Duo, Lady Antebellum took Album and Group and the Band Perry received New Artist. Download the full winners list here.
» It's A Love Story: If being the world's biggest music star wasn't enough proof, Sunday's show and the record-setting 600,000 votes cast for Entertainer of the Year affirmed the special relationship Taylor Swift has with her fans. "I feel like, of all the things that have happened in my life, they're the best thing that I've ever gotten to have," Swift said backstage after those fans made her the youngest-ever ACM Entertainer of the Year. "My relationship with them is everything to me. The fact that this was a by-product of that makes it that much more beautiful." Asked what her mom Andrea said in her ear when the announcement was made, Swift said, "Those aren't actual words. That's just screaming and random consonants and vowels ... not actually ever audible thoughts." Swift's first national TV appearance as the reigning Entertainer of the Year will be Tuesday (4/5) on NBC-TV's Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
» Ring Finger Bling? Fresh off their Vocal Group of the Year win, Lady Antebellum didn't hesitate to recognize Rascal Flatts' absence from the category when asked about it backstage. Charles Kelley thought it was "weird" that the group who won the category seven consecutive times hadn't been nominated this year. "I honestly couldn't believe they weren't in the category," Kelley said. "They deserve to be in it every year. They're one of the biggest groups, if not the biggest group in country music, and they're friends of ours." Also backstage, the trio had to do a little rumor control regarding a massive piece of jewelry on Hillary Scott's left ring finger. "I told her not to wear that," Kelley told a reporter, who saw the rock from afar. Setting the record straight, Scott said, "First of all, I'm not engaged ... Whenever you wear fancy jewelry like this, you just put it on the finger that fits. And this is the finger that it fit on." Lady A will cap their ACM celebration by opening for Keith Urban on the Australian leg of the Get Closer 2011 World Tour this week. Complete list of dates here.
» Sibling Chivalry:Miranda Lambert's mystery date while hubby-to-be Blake Shelton was co-hosting Sunday's (4/3) ACM Awards was ... her younger brother Luke. "Obviously, my date was very busy all night," Lambert said of Shelton's role. "[Luke] likes to stay in the background. He does my website and stuff. So he's one of those people who's like, 'I don't want to talk on the red carpet, okay?' Of course, I drug him to a few interviews. I think he had a really good time, and he's a great date." And he had several opportunities to hold his big sister's purse as she went onstage to collect her trophies.
» The Original Taylor: Zac Brown Band's Zac Brown took full advantage of the ACM Awards' doubles theme to collaborate with one of his musical heroes James Taylor. The pair rehearsed "Colder Weather" and "Sweet Baby James" a week prior to the telecast to get the mashup just right. "We kind of tried some of his songs to find ones that had the same theme and feel and everything that fit with 'Colder Weather,'" Brown told press backstage at the ACMs. "That's when we came up with 'Sweet Baby James,' which is, in my opinion one of his most iconic tunes. It's the all-time best musical moment of my career."
» Meanwhile At Mandalay: Off the MGM Grand Garden Arena campus, fans gathered at the Mandalay Bay Events Center watched the ACM Awards on three large screens. During commercial breaks, the audience was treated to acoustic performances from Steel Magnolia, Sarah Darling and newcomer Bradley Gaskin. Once the CBS-TV broadcast wrapped, Sugarland returned to the stage to headline the Fan Jam After Party, performing hits and mixing Cee Lo Green's "Forget You" and other pop hits into their "Everyday America." Randy Houser, David Nail, Eric Church and Little Big Town performed songs from their bodies of work. Host Laura Bell Bundy was forced to stretch to allow time for artists arriving from the MGM to navigate heavy traffic. Sugarland's Kristian Bush went solo for Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City" before being joined by LBB for Stevie Nicks' "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton paired up for Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music" and the Band Perry closed the evening with "Sugar, Sugar" into "Hip to My Heart."
» ACM Quotebook: Seen and heard onstage and backstage at the 46th Annual ACM Awards:
"I think he's probably got a permanent gig. I really expected him to win [Male], and I would have been very happy." — Brad Paisley on Blake Shelton.
"We believe that country music is the people's music, and it's our greatest desire to be their band. We truly feel like our songs come right out of our hearts and immediately belong to them. We're just so grateful for this to be the first award that we ever get to accept. It seems appropriate that it's fan-voted." — the Band Perry's Kimberly Perry on their New Artist win.
"Tonight was one of the greatest musical moments I've ever experienced." — Darius Rucker on performing with the Vanderbilt Music Camp Choir.
"It went great. I shot three celebrities ... and Luke Bryan!" — Shelton on the NRACountry/ACM Celebrity Shoot.
"We've never been presented these nice trophies by people with such big feathers before." — Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles on accepting Duo trophies from Vegas showgirls.
"This has been a great night for American music." — Ryan Seacrest
"God bless Jerry Douglas." — Zac Brown Band's John Driskell Hopkins on the famed Dobro player who put the band and James Taylor together.
"I'm still excited from last year." — Miranda Lambert on her big night.
» Kid Country: Country music newcomer Jennette McCurdywas also a winner over the weekend at a more "Kid"- friendly award show. McCurdy took home the Favorite TV Sidekick honor for her role in iCarly during Saturday's Kids' Choice Awards (4/2). Additionally, iCarly won the KCA for Favorite TV Show. View the Favorite TV Show award win here.
» Apprentice: Rich At Raiser's Edge: Project managers John Rich and Marlee Matlin set a Celebrity Apprentice record by collectively raising $1,640,000 during Sunday night's "The Art Of The Deal" episode, which had teams Backbone and A.S.A.P. each staging their own art auction for charity. "There has never been, in the history of Apprentice or Celebrity Apprentice, money raised like both teams raised," host Donald Trump exclaimed in the boardroom. "We've never raised this much money in a whole season." Rich's team pulled an impressive $626,908, which included a donation from Apprentice alumnus Trace Adkins and a $470,000 check from Rich's Nashville connections Two-Foot Fred and Big Six. But with the help of three $99,000 donations, Team A.S.A.P. came out on top with a whopping $986,000. Because both teams pulled such high numbers, Trump, Rich and Matlin struck a deal that the losing team got to keep their funds, which for Rich means a sizable donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. In the end, Backbone's Richard Hatch was sent home for failing to use his celebrity connections to raise money during the challenge. Watch the full episode here.
Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox and the CPrime team placed first during Saturday's (4/2) Blake Shelton-hosted NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot at the Nellis Air Force Base outside Las Vegas. Shelton with the Starstruck team and Dave Butz with the Washington Redskins team placed second and third, respectively.
Blake Shelton's new single "Honey Bee" is now available as a streaming YouTube song. Hear the track in its entirety here.
Dial-by-phone and text-to-donate campaigns for the ACM Lifting Lives charity will continue through the end of April. Text "DREAM" to 27722 or call 1-888-9LIFTING to make a $5 donation. Proceeds will benefit several charities, which are listed here.