In the previous years, the Academy of Country Music Awards had a bunch of great affairs and exceptional enactments. And when it comes to live performances, there’s certainly some jaw-dropping doozies we still can’t get over. These made rounds all over the globe, especially on the internet. Some will definitely will give you a laugh, or it will simply remind you of the power of music to change the course of history.
Academy of Country Music Awards is one of the most prominent award-giving bodies in the country music industry. The ACMs were the very first big program that celebrated country music. Also, the organization’s vision and mission are to honor the work of arts and the contributions of the most significant country artists in the industry. Since the ACMs debut, they have changed and even moved cities over the years.
Here’s a flashback and look into the past controversial performances at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
Alan Jackson’s ACM Protest…
Back in 1994, Alan Jackson appeared on the show with a Hank Williams’ ripped cutoff T-shirt and jeans. Moments before the show, producers told the group that they were going to be lip syncing. That didn’t sit well with Alan, because he thought that was lying to country music fans. So he told his drummer to play without his sticks. After their performance, Jackson immediately walks out of the stage.
Dixie Chicks’ Booed By The Audience…
Back on March 10, 2003, Natalie Maines of Dixie Chicks said she was embarrassed that former President George W. Bush was also from the state of Texas. Although she later apologized for her remarks. However, she was bashed and criticized, but she apologized.
The ACM Awards crowd booed the Dixie Chicks every time their name was mentioned, and the group didn’t win a single award that night.
Ashton Kutcher’s Unacceptable Behavior…
The comedian Ashton Kutcher is no stranger to mocking people but he might have picked the wrong people at the Academy of Country Music Awards. He attended the said show on his black 10-gallon hat and a bright red blazer for the evening as he presented the award for “Female Vocalist of the Year” to Miranda Lambert.
Furthermore, Kutcher also made a show of crooning part of George Strait’s “I Cross My Heart” before handing the award to Lambert.
Stars were amused by Kutcher’s behavior.
Lambert tweeted, “Was Ashton Kutcher making fun of country or is it just me? Watching it back now and I’m kinda wondering?”
Singer Justin Moore was more definitive in his criticism.
“Seen Ashton Kutcher at the arms tonight,” Moore Tweeted. “What a douche! I don’t care for people making a mockery of the way country artists dress.”
Kutcher took to Twitter to address the accusations, writing to Lambert: “I Am One Of The biggest country Music fans you’ve ever met. Wasn’t making fun at all.”
Rascal Flatts’ lip-syncing at the 2014 ACM Awards…
Rascal Flatts admitted that they lip synced at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards. Gary LeVox explained that he lost his voice before the show due to few gigs and prior performances. The group was faced with the choice of lip-syncing or canceling. Rascal Flatts apologized for what happened and promised not to lip sync again.
Good Bye Country Music: Taylor Swift
I’m sure many people out there especially the country music enthusiasts are happy that Taylor Swift is now transformed into another genre. Back in 2015, when Taylor Swift received her “Milestone Award” at the ACM. Taylor said: “To the country music community, when I told you that I made a pop album and that I wanted to explore other genres, you showed me who you are with the grace you accepted that with.”
Meanwhile, the ACM 2018 will once again take place in the MGM Grand’s Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the Academy as announced in December. The 2018 show will air live on Sunday, April 15 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET on CBS.
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