Lambert, Jewel rock the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards

academy of country music - Promo pic

There was nothing on TV tonight, so I watched the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards. Miranda Lambert racked up the awards, while husband Blake Shelton and Entertainer of the Year winner Luke Bryan took care of the hosting duties.

The award show had lots of country love, of course,  but it also had a slight touch of pop music. Nominee Kelly Clarkson sang “Don’t Rush,” while Stevie Wonder, John Mayer and Sheryl Crowe lend their voices to some collaborative performances. It was Jewel who delivered the night’s best vocal performance — her mash-up performance of “Hands” and “Fill a Heart” was poignant and vocally stunning.

Complete list of winners via The Montreal Gazette:

Entertainer of the year: Luke Bryan
Top male vocalist: Jason Aldean
Female vocalist: Miranda Lambert
Vocal group: Little Big Town
Vocal duo: Thompson Square
New artist: Florida Georgia Line
Album of the year: “Chief,” Eric Church
Single record of the year: “Over You,” Miranda Lambert
Song of the year: “Over you,” Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton
Video of the year: “Tornado,” Little Big Town
Vocal event of the year: “The Only Way I Know,” Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean

Recommended album: The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond

Hunger Games - Taylor Swift

Let me start off by saying that I’m out of the loop with this whole Hunger Games phenomenon. As of today, I still haven’t seen the movie or read any of the books. I have a vague idea of what the movie is all about, but for the most part, I don’t count myself a fan.

By accident though, I heard “Safe and Sound”, Taylor Swift‘s collaboration with The Civil Wars and the soundtrack’s official first single. Although I like Taylor Swift, I was surprised by how much I liked “Safe and Sound”. The song piqued my interest and I downloaded the album.

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