The best for last? Country artists ditch the ACAs

With the ACAs being the last award show of the year, artists seemed pretty burnt out. But who would ditch an award show where they are nominated?

Blake Shelton

The American Country Awards are a night to celebrate the world of country music, but a lot of country music stars seemed over the celebrating. The “biggest night in music” happens at least four times a year — there are the CMTs, the CMAs, the ACMs and the ACAs. Plus, country music is becoming a more and more important part of shows like the Grammys and American Music Awards.

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With a slew of country music award shows, some within weeks of each other, it seems a lot of the stars ditched the ACAs.

Blake Shelton accepted his award for Best Album over satellite. The singer was tweeting all night about the #ColeTrain — or, rather, his other job on The Voice. The ACAs are on Fox, while The Voice is on competing network NBC.

Numerous other stars were wrapping up their tours before the holiday. Taylor Swift is currently on an Australian tour (although she is also appearing at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show, it was filmed weeks ago), and Miranda Lambert is wrapping up a few dates as well. Carrie Underwood also seemed absent.

Swift was honored with the ACAs’ Worldwide Artist of the Year and had to accept the award via satellite from down under.

Although some big names were surprisingly absent from the ACAs, some not-so-country stars were very visible.

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Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top joined Jake Owen on stage for “Days of Gold.” Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker, both firmly planted in the country world now, got their starts in the world of pop.

Danica Patrick as host was also a noticeable turn from country music. Her cohost Trace Adkins did question it, and she promised she was supposed to be there. She pointed out that she appeared in a Miranda Lambert video and even makes her own music.

Even with the noticeable absence of some in the world of country, there were still plenty of stars. Other performers included Lady Antebellum, LeAnn Rimes, Kellie Pickler, Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line.

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