Anyone hoping to add some great songs to an MP3 collection needs to look no further than the offerings from these Academy of Country Music Awards 2010 winners. Combining solid songwriting with a high degree of musicality, these artists know how to keep fans and critics alike happy.
"Top Male Vocalist: Brad Paisley." In 2010, Brad Paisley captured the Academy of Country Music's top honors for male vocalist for the fourth year in a row. While Paisley can belt out a song with the best of them, he also knows his way around a guitar. In 2009, he won the Best Country Instrumental Grammy Award for the irreverently titled “Cluster Pluck.”
"Top Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert." Miranda Lambert faced stiff competition from the likes of Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, among others, in her quest to win the 2010 ACM award for Top Female Vocalist. Lambert boasts some great singing chops, but she is every bit as talented as a songwriter as she is a vocalist, penning one of her earliest hits, “Kerosene,” at the age of eighteen.
"Top Vocal Group: Lady Antebellum." Lady Antebellum, a relatively new name on the country music scene, won 2010's Academy of Country Music's award for Top Vocal Group. This talented trio of singers, whose first album was released in 2008, have the distinction of being the upstart group that denied the award to seven-time winners Rascal Flatts.
"Album of the Year: Revolution." Miranda Lambert's “Revolution” was honored as the Academy's Album of the Year for 2010. While “Revolution” is her third release, it is actually her second ACM Album of the Year winning title, following her award for 2008's “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”
"Entertainer of the Year: Carrie Underwood." Carrie Underwood has come a long way since the world first fell in love with her on television's "American Idol." In 2010, the Academy of Country Music honored her with the award for Entertainer of the Year. Underwood also received the ACM Triple Crown Award, a special honor given only to performers who have earned Top New Vocalist, Top Vocalist, and Entertainer of the Year awards during the course of a career. At the time, Underwood had only been performing professionally for five years.