By: Allison Petkoff
The 2015 American Country Awards were held in Arlington, Texas, on April 19. Miranda Lambert took home more awards than any other artist this year. Lambert achieved Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year. Lambert had four total awards. Entertainer of the year, the highest achievement at the American Country Awards, was given to Luke Bryan .
In addition to all of the awards, multiple people performed songs during the three-and-a-half hour awards show. Garth Brooks performed an emotional song titled “All American Kid” which honored US troops and the song was received positively. Alan Jackson performed a similar piece titled “Where were you when the world stopped turning.” This song is based on the 9/11 attacks and was also an emotional piece in the night. Brad Paisley performed his song “Crushin’ It” which was received well due to its upbeat nature. Paisley threw his acoustic guitar to the side and opted for an electric guitar in order to get the momentum going in the audience.
A performance that got more mixed reviews was one performed by Nick Jonas and Dan + Shay. The unique pairing sang Jonas’ “Jealous” and “Chains.” The songs that were sung were not country to begin with and Jonas formerly was never known as a country artist. This threw many people for a loop, and many people were disappointed when the performance was not exceptional to most people’s standards. However, the American Country Awards were a huge success this year as they are every year.