Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift Earn Top Honors at 2009 ACM Awards

Posted in News on April 6, 2009

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

2009 BMI ACM Winners

Entertainer of the Year
Carrie Underwood

Album of the Year
Taylor Swift
Produced by Nathan Chapman, Scott Borchetta & Taylor Swift
Big Machine Records

Top Female Vocalist
Carrie Underwood

Top Vocal Group
Rascal Flatts

Top Vocal Duo

Top New Male Vocalist
Jake Owen

Top New Vocal Duo or Group
Zac Brown Band

Song of the Year
[Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
“In Color”
Jamey Johnson
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
(Arista Nashville)

Producer of the Year
Tony Brown

Top Fiddle Player of the Year
Aubrey Haynie

Top Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year
Gordon Mote

Top Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year
Eric Darken

Top Steel Guitar Player of the Year
Dan Dugmore


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