The Academy of Country Music Awards continues to be one of my favorite trips of the year. It’s a great show to see all the crew people as well as get a bit of face time with our artists. Plenty of them were there: Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Sara Evans, Craig Morgan, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, and Luke Bryan. This years’ show was again held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 1, 2012
A couple of exciting aspects of this years’ show included the fact that PSM1000’s were relied upon as the only system for ear monitors and Shure’s new Axient wireless system made 2 appearances on the show. The first was with artist Chris Young and then later in the show with Shure Artist Sara Evans. Both artists used the SM58 capsule and the system sounded incredibly clean.
One emotional point during the show was when Shure Artists Little Big Town sang a song with a children’s choir written by newcomer Hunter Hayes entitled “Here’s Hope.” The group started and ended with verses from John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Another magic moment came in the form of an actual wedding ceremony, performed during the song “Marry Me” sung by Shure Artist Martina McBride who was accompanied by Pat Monahan of Train.
Rascal Flatts debuted their new hit single “Banjo”, joined by Steve Martin whose banjo was captured using a KSM137. Toby Keith brought out his “Red Solo Cup” for Vegas and sang while wandering through the crowd, joined by the one and only Wayne Newton and comedian Carrot Top. The Band Perry debuted their new single “Postcard from Paris” singing on a trio of KSM9’s.
Another big highlight for me was when KISS walked by backstage, a couple of times. They were there to present the award for Vocal Group of the Year. I grew up listening to these Rock Icons and to see them that close was pretty awesome.
The crew for the show worked extra hard this year as they were rehearsing 2 shows at once. The next day after the awards show was a special concert – Lionel Richie and Friends – to be broadcast later this month. It’s always a pleasure hanging with this crew as they are so professional and offer great advice/commentary on current and future products.
Click on this link to see some highlights of the show and all the Shure products in action.