Oklahoma Country Music Artists Shine At ACM Awards

Sunday, April 19th 2015, 11:39 pm
By: News On 6

Oklahoma's Own wowed a record-setting crowd at the special, 50th Academy of Country Music Awards.

The ACMs now hold the Guinness World Record for the most-attended live awards show.

Native Oklahoman Blake Shelton co-hosted the show, which was televised on CBS. And Shelton's wife, Miranda Lambert, broke her own record for winning six consecutive female vocalist of the year awards. The couple live in Tishomingo.

Lambert also took home song of the year and album of the year.

Henyetta native and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman was there to introduce legend Alan Jackson, but he first wanted to make sure America remembered  what happened in Oklahoma City 20 years ago.

“It affected everyone across the nation, but its impact was especially deep and tragic for those of us from Oklahoma,” Aikman said. “None of us will ever forget where we were when we heard the news of that attack, nor will we ever forget how our friends and neighbors rallied to help their brothers and sisters.”

He also talked about his sister who was one of the first responders that day.

To honor the 168 OKC bombing victims on the anniversary, Jackson sang “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning,” a song he originally performed after the September 11 attack.

Oklahoma's Garth Brooks was honored with one of seven milestone awards. He's won entertainer of the year more than any other artist. He performed a special song to honor America's veterans and troops.

But despite all the celebrations going on down in Dallas, the significance of the day wasn't lost on him either.

"And then I think, you're always a product of how you're raised,” Brooks said. “This has been a big emotional day for my home state of Oklahoma. I wanna send this back to them. God Bless."

Oklahomans received four of the seven milestone awards.

In addition to Brooks, Lambert for the most female solo artist wins, Atoka County's Reba McEntire for the most female vocalist of the year awards, and Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn were honored for the most combined ACM Awards.

Tonight was big for Brooks and Dunn, too.

They took the stage together for the fist time in five years, performing their hit "My Maria."