The American Country Awards, in its second season this year, had a lot going for its 2011 show--top-notch star performances, a nominees list that's off the beaten path from the pack of already established country awards shows, and a pair of winsome and attractive hosts.
But--it had pretty much the same things in its favor last year. And, sorry to say, like its debut year which garnered uneven reviews, the show fell flat yet again in its sophomore effort.
That's not to say the ACAs--an entirely fan-voted awards show--didn't have some inspired moments. Standing out like a shining jewel was a performance by Miranda Lambert's "other" project, the all-female trio the Pistol Annies. Even American Idol supreme Kelly Clarkson deemed to tweet regarding them, "I think there should be an honorary Annie night where we all get to sing together."
Jason Aldean was the big winner at the 2011 ACAsHowever, in a two-hour ceremony that included such highlights as yet another American Idol (Scotty McCreery, who won his first-ever award for New Artist of the Year), the generally overlooked Toby Keith (who was named Artist of the Decade), new and exciting faces such as Thompson Square and Chris Young, and lots and LOTS of Carrie Underwood--hey, another American Idol!--the fact that the Annies stood out so sharply isn't a positive factor overall.Read More »from American Country Awards Miss Mark Again In Sophomore Year