Carrie Underwood made history at the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, as she became the seventh female in the organization’s history to take home the coveted entertainer of the year trophy. Underwood joins exclusive ranks featuring Shania Twain, Barbara Mandrell, the Dixie Chicks, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Reba McEntire, who each walked away with the award once. The vocal powerhouse also earned top female vocalist.
- Carrie Underwood
- Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift also joined elite company with her album of the year win for her sophomore release, Fearless. The teenage superstar shares the award with her producers Nathan Chapman and Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta. The academy also presented a Crystal Milestone Award to Swift, recognizing the unparalleled wealth of new listeners she has welcomed into the country format.
Jamey Johnson earned song of the year honors for his deftly crafted “In Color,” which he co-wrote with Lee Thomas Miller and James Otto. Sugarland took home top vocal duo trophies, while Rascal Flatts won yet another top vocal group title.
The 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards were handed out Sunday, April 5 in Las Vegas. For a complete list of winners, please visit www.acmcountry.com.
2009 BMI ACM Winners
Entertainer of the Year
Album of the Year
Produced by Nathan Chapman, Scott Borchetta & Taylor Swift
Big Machine Records
Top Female Vocalist
Top Vocal Group
Top Vocal Duo
Top New Male Vocalist
Top New Vocal Duo or Group
Zac Brown Band
Song of the Year
[Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
Composers: Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller, James Otto
Publishers: Big Gassed Hitties (BMI), Eldorotto Music Publishing (BMI), EMI Blackwood
Music, Inc., Lucky Thumb Music (BMI), New Song of Sea Gayle (BMI), Noah’s Little Boat Music (BMI)
Vocal Event of the Year
[Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]
“Start A Band”
Featuring Keith Urban
Producer of the Year
Top Fiddle Player of the Year
Top Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year
Top Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year
Top Steel Guitar Player of the Year