Thursday, May 19, 2005

40th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards

The 40th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were held this week at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, USA. The event was broadcast live on CBS television. The Academy was founded in 1964 to promote country music in the western 13 states of the US, and held its first music awards show in 1965. Three years later it introduced the signature 'hat' style trophy for its awards, a motif that continues to this day. The 2005 awards were selected by some 3,000 members of the California-based Academy. Among the winners were Kenny Chesney, who won Entertainer of the Year Award, and Keith Urban won Top Male Vocalist and also Best Album. Other honours included Best Video and Best Vocal Event, both of which went to Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss for their duet Whiskley Lullaby.