Did Monday's American Country Awards make a case for awards show overload?
The inaugural fan-voted show didn't do much to prove its worth in an entertainment world that already boasts three major country music awards shows. Most performances were predictable, and just a handful of awards were handed out during the two-hour broadcast.
Among the honorees? Carrie Underwood won six ACAs, including artist of the year. Lady Antebellum and Easton Corbin were also big winners. Learn more about the ceremony here.
Here's a full recap of the show, which was hosted by Trace Adkins:
8 p.m. - Host Trace Adkins opens the show, which is airing live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In a pre-taped segment, Trace receives chaps made of meat. He skips an opening monologue and introduces a performance by Blake Shelton. No monologue, Trace? Really? I'm disappointed.
8:02 - Blake Shelton performs "Kiss My Country Ass."
8:03 - Bret Michaels is in the house! I love how he's introduced as "a survivor." He presents Breakthrough Artist of the Year to Easton Corbin. For what it's worth, Danny Gokey was also nominated in this category.
8:08 - Conveniently, Easton Corbin is on stage and ready to perform. He sings "A Little More Country Than That."
8:16 - Lady Antebellum presents the "first-ever Decade Award" to Rascal Flatts. Um, hello. Every award tonight is a first-ever award. No offense.
8:17 - The musicians from Rascal Flatts perform "These Days." Don't worry, the sparkly shirts are intact. Some things never change. After "These Days," they go old-school and do a medley that includes songs like "Bless the Broken Road" and "What Hurts the Most." I know these guys have fans, but I can't believe they got this much air time. This is like a seven-minute performance. And no, I did not need to hear that "Life is a Highway" cover again.
8:31 - I see Carrot Top in the audience. Sadly, that was possibly tonight's edgiest moment so far.
8:32 - The Band Perry performs "If I Die Young."
8:40 - Trace Adkins goes from thanking the military...to talking about rodeos. Please stick with the badonkadonk jokes, Trace.
8:42 - Ty Murray and Jewel present Single of the Year by a Male Artist to Josh Turner for "Why Don't We Just Dance." Again, he's conveniently on stage and ready to sing.
8:52 - Criss Angel presents the Video Visionary Award to Toby Keith. He sings "Bullets in the Gun."
9:04 - Reba McEntire performs "Turn on the Radio." She looks great.
9:10 - Uncle Kracker sings "Good to Be Me."
9:17 - Rodney Carrington introduces a Keith Urban performance. We get footage of him in Texas singing "Put You in a Song."
9:21 - Steel Magnolia performs "Keep On Lovin' You." I keep wondering if I've missed an award or two along the way. Not the case. This show just has a very odd format. As in, they don't actually hand out awards.
9:25 - Alan Jackson wins the Greatest Hits Award. Friends, this is why we can't have too many country awards shows. You can only get so creative with the individual honors. Anyway, Alan Jackson performs a medley of songs. My favorite? "Remember When." I have a soft spot in my heart for that song. Long story. Believe it or not, his performance lasts about 10 minutes. In a speech, he calls country "America's real music."
9:38 - "Hillbilly Bone" wins Music Video of the Year.
9:44 - Group of the Year goes to Lady Antebellum.
9:46 - Jason Aldean sings "My Kind of Party." Luke Bryan joins him on stage.
9:54 - Arist of the Year goes to Carrie Underwood. No surprise. Apparently, she won six ACAs.
9:56 - Trace Adkins closes the show with "This Ain't No Love Song." He makes a cute joke warning producers not to roll the credits while he sings. They ignore his wishes.
10 p.m. - We're done!