The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas was the place to be on Sunday night (April 5) for all things country, as the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards arrived.
Hosted by Reba McEntire, the big shindig kicked off with an ensemble performance by Brooks & Dunn, featuring Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts. McEntire exclaimed, "What an opening! Now that's what I call a stimulus package!"
The 43rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards nominations are in, as Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley announced the nominees during a Tuesday morning press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
Kenny Chesney led the way with 11 nominations, while those receiving two or more bids this year include: Paisley, Big & Rich, Emerson Drive, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.