The Academy of Country Music Awards
Las Vegas, April 5
HUGGING IT OUT
Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton showed their mutual admiration on the orange carpet.
FORCES OF COUNTRY
Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus and Gary LeVox, Carrie Underwood, Kristian Bush of Sugarland, and Ronnie Dunn joined forces onstage as part of the show’s all-star opening, singing “Play Something Country.”
KENNY’S PLUS ONE
Kenny Chesney struck a pose with girlfriend Amy Colley.
THAT’S A SIGN
Fan favorite John Rich didn’t disappoint the crowd, stopping to sign autographs and pose for pictures on his way into the MGM Grand.
Our Backstage Photo Booth
At the ACMS
FULL OF FRILLS
For Entertainer of the Year Carrie Underwood, the congratulations started pouring in right away: “I’ve got like 5 million messages on my phone!”
Jason Aldean got a leg up (in tight jeans!) and bared his sole.
“We had a couple beers to relax the nerves,” admitted Charles Kelley, with Lady Antebellum bandmates Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood.
Taylor Swift called her wins “absolutely unbelievable.”
“It’s going to be a night of champagne, I’m sure!” said Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, celebrating her win with partner Kristian Bush.
Jimmy Wayne said he couldn’t wait to go on tour with Brad Paisley this summer. “He pranks everybody!”
Indio, Calif. April 25 & 26
Always up for a sing-along, Kenny Chesney let fans take the mic during his April 26 show.
REBA ROCKS IT
Reba McEntire braved high winds to sing old favorites as well as her new single, “Strange.”
The devil went out to California? Charlie Daniels showed off his smile before his set.
Julianne Hough only had eyes for pup Lexi while out for a walk with boyfriend Chuck Wicks in West Hollywood March 26.
Craig Morgan rallied riders at his motocross/ATV ride for charity in Vanleer, Tenn., March 31.
Kellie Pickler helped Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott celebrate her 23rd birthday in Las Vegas on April 3.
KENNY & KIDS
Big Kenny and his son Lincoln, 3, teamed up with the African Children’s Choir at a Nashville4Africa benefit in Nashville April 22.