OFFSTAGE: Kid Rock Skipping ACM Awards

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Will the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards be the same without Kid Rock? They’ll have to be, because he’s got much bigger plans. He’s going to be hanging with his son, Robert, who is about to graduate from high school and then head to Nashville’s Belmont University. “I’m trying to make sure that I’m there for all the fun events that come up at the end of the school year,” Rock told Access Hollywood . Rest assured, the country rocker doesn’t feel old just because he has a grown-up son. “At a time I guess when I should be feeling old, I really in a sense feel kind of young, because I really am the youngest one with the longest hair,” he said. He also had a few comments about American Idol — “It either launches them into a world they’re not prepared for yet … and at the other level, too, there’s a lot of humiliation on that show, too” — but that’s just Kid Rock being Kid Rock. When he is passionate about hating something (Idol, iTunes, ticket scalpers), he never ever minces words.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.