It’s hard to bury the hatchet
Holding a chainsaw
The Band Perry, ‘Chainsaw’

Lakewood Amphitheatre- Georgia

Lakewood Amphitheatre- Georgia

Billboard Music Awards 2014 Nominees:

Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood are representing country music in the category for the Milestone Award.

Luke Bryan is the only country artist in the category for Top Male Artist. He is up against Drake, Eminem, Bruno Mars, and Justin Timberlake. He’s also the only country artist up for Top Billboard 200 Artist, competing against Beyonce, Eminem, One Direction, and Justin Timberlake.

Florida Georgia Line earned a nomination for Top Duo/Group. They’re competing against Imagine Dragons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction, and OneRepublic.

The nominees for Top Country Artist are Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift.

Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” is among the nominees for Top Billboard 200 Album.

Top Country Album nominees are Garth Brooks for “Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influence”, Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party”, Florida Georgia Line with “Here’s to the Good Times”, The Robertsons’ “Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas”, and Blake Shelton with “Based on a True Story”.

Alan Jackson has a nomination in the Top Christian Album category with “Precious Memories: Volume II”.

Top Country Song nominees are “Crash My Party” by Luke Bryan, “That’s My Kind of Night” by Luke Bryan, “Cruise” (Remix) by Florida Georgia Line ft. Nelly, “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker, and “Boys ‘Round Here” by Blake Shelton ft. Pistol Annies & Friends.


Unpopular opinion. I’m so happy Kacey Musgraves won that award. I personally think that record was amazing. I know a lot of you don’t like her, but I really connect with her lyrics and she is a brilliant songwriter. ‘Merry Go Round’ made me cry and ‘Follow Your Arrow’ is a perfect example of a message people should hold high. There’s not one song on that record that I don’t like. Y’all can hate away, but I think it was thoroughly deserved.

(via kmusgraves)

People talk a lot of crap about country music, but you will never find a stronger sense of community and appreciation between artists in any other genre.

Review of the 2014 ACM Performances:

The Band Perry kicked off the show with their new single ‘Chainsaw’. It was full of energy and spunk from the three siblings, as always. They definitely deserve more recognition for their flawless performances.

Florida Georgia Line’s first performance of the night was their fourth hit ‘Stay’. They were awfully stiff and didn’t appear to be enjoying the performance.

Brad Paisley sang his new song ‘River Bank’. Nothing remarkable.

Blake Shelton performed his romantic song ‘My Eyes’ with Gwen Sebastian. Blake always delivers with sincerity and genuine love for his music. He definitely didn’t take his eyes off Miranda.

New Artist nominee Brett Eldredge performed ‘Beat of the Music’. His voice is unique but I’m not a huge fan of the song itself.

George Strait performed a new song ‘I Got a Car’, proving the King will forever reign and everyone needs to bow down.

Lee Brice performed an acoustic version of the incredibly powerful song ‘I Drive Your Truck’. Amazing.

Eric Church sang ‘Give Me Back My Hometown’. He was clearly emotionally invested in his performance, showing his angsty side. Simply flawless.

Justin Moore performed his most recent single ‘Lettin’ the Night Roll’. He sang well but I wish he picked one of his more authentic songs for his ACM debut.

Blake Shelton and Shakira debuted their duet ‘Medicine’. I love you, Blake, but no.

Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks performed two songs, ‘Golden’ and ‘Rhiannon’. I’m guessing this is to promote the Fleetwood Mac tour beginning this year. Whatever it was, it worked. Very well.

Keith Urban sang ‘Even The Stars Fall 4 U’ off his new album. Good but I was a little disappointed he didn’t perform ‘Cop Car’.

Kip Moore performed his first hit ‘Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck’. He sounded great but I wish he showed more of what his voice really can do with ‘Hey Pretty Girl’ or ‘Young Love’.

Luke Bryan sang ‘Play It Again’. He performed well but I think he was trying to go a little over-the-top on a simple song. Still good, nevertheless.

Male Vocalist of the Year, Jason Aldean, performed ‘When She Says Baby’. Good, not great. His vocal range wasn’t nearly as impressive as we’ve heard it in past performances.

Miranda Lambert sang ‘Automatic’ effortlessly. Great song, amazing artist.

Tim McGraw performed a new song ‘Meanwhile Back at Mama’s’ accompanied by his wife. Very moving and beautiful debut of this song.

Florida Georgia Line redeemed themselves later in the night with some help from Luke Bryan on ‘This is How We Roll’. Not my favorite song but they seemed to be more relaxed and having fun.

Toby Keith performed ‘Shut Up and Hold On’. Decent, but seemed a little out of place.

Hunter Hayes sang his encouraging song ‘Invisible’. He would’ve sounded a lot better if he wasn’t trying to hard to make it incredibly dramatic.

Darius Rucker and Lady A performed ‘Wagon Wheel’. I’m so surprised. Seriously let’s roll this over played song right on out.

George Strait and Miranda Lambert gave an amazing tribute, as expected, to Merle Haggard for the Milestone Award.

Rascal Flatts performed ‘Rewind’. Decent song but I don’t care for the artist.

Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow sang Bentley’s song ‘I Hold On’. Why Dierks needed assistance on his performance, I don’t know. He seemed to do very well on his own.

Entertainer of the Year

THE KING: George Strait

Album of the Year