Country music’s biggest stars descended upon the Las Vegas strip for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards this past weekend.
Packed with performances and delicious BBQ, the weekend was extra special as the ACM and RAM Truck also honored this year’s National RAM Hero, Army Pfc. Brandon Sapp.
Top honors of the evening went to Taylor Swift who won Entertainer of the Year, Miranda Lambert who was named Female Vocalist of the Year and Blake Shelton, the new Male Vocalist of the Year.
Aired by CBS, the night was hosted by Shelton and Reba McEntyre and featured performances by Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith and Keith Urban. Non-country personalities like Carrot Top and Ashton Kucther also appeared in the packed house at the MGM Grand Garden.
Country fans made a weekend out of it by enjoying the three-day ACM Experience that featured RAM Ride and Drive, an incredible outdoor test drive experience, a BBQ Throwdown featuring the finest grillers across the country, and of course, the “Salute to the Military” Concert.
CBS Radio stations across the country asked people to nominate their military heros for a chance to win a VIP trip to Las Vegas and attend the ACM Awards. After being nominated by his father, Army Pfc. Brandon Sapp, a machine gunner assigned to the 1st Calvary Division from Fort Hood Texas was honored as the National RAM Hero on Saturday evening. Brandon was posthumously awarded The Purple Heart, The Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medal.
Country music singer-songwriter and U.S. Army Veteran Craig Morgan was this year’s face of the RAM National Military Hero contest. “I think it’s so wonderful that a company like Ram Trucks who is such a great brand and so recognizable; for them to get behind something, that to me is more important than anything, and that’s to get behind the men and women that serve in our Armed Forces.”