The Band Perry, Confetti and Jokes Start ACM Awards

Co-Host Luke Bryan Confirms Next Year's Awards Show Will Take Place in Dallas

The Band Perry opened Sunday night’s (April 6) 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards with a flurry of sound, lights and confetti during their performance of “Chainsaw.”

“There’s $20 million in hairdos down here that all has confetti in it,” awards show co-host Luke Bryan noted immediately following the production. “This is not a Head and Shoulders commercial.”

The awards show is taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with additional performances underway at the ACM Fan Jam at the nearby Mandalay Bay Events Center. Co-host Blake Shelton pointed out Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in the audience, and Bryan made a major announcement.

“Hey, be careful because next year the ACMs will be celebrating their 50th anniversary at his stadium in Dallas,” Bryan said.

“You never see an awards show at Cowboys stadium,” Shelton noted.

“You never see a playoff game there, either,” Bryan quipped.

After Bryan and Shelton made some additional jokes about Jake Owen and Eric Church, among others, Florida Georgia Line performed their hit “Stay” from the Fan Jam.

The music continued with Brad Paisley’s “River Bank,” Shelton’s “My Eyes” and Brett Eldredge’s “Beat of the Music.”

Prior to the CBS telecast, two awards were presented on the red carpet.

“Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw’s collaboration with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, won video of the year honors. Urban and Miranda Lambert shared the vocal event of the year award for “We Were Us.”

Calvin Gilbert has served as’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.