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Australia's Keith Urban has missed out on two major Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards amid a row over how the top prize was decided. Urban was laughing when he turned up to the awards in Las Vegas with pregnant wife Nicole Kidman on his arm, but left empty-handed after Kenny Chesney won the entertainer of the year category. Urban was also nominated for top male vocalist, but lost out there too. Still, Urban got to perform at the awards ceremony, and he and Kidman cuddled and looked happy as they posed for photographers before the event. Chesney should have been happier after being named entertainer of the year for the fourth year running. But he complained that the award winner was chosen for the first time by fans voting online, instead of by ACM members. Chesney said backstage he thought fans should be included, just not by voting for the show's most important award. "The entertainer of the year trophy is supposed to represent heart and passion and an amazing amount of sacrifice, commitment and focus," he said. "That's the way Garth won it four times, that's the way I won it, that's the way (George) Strait won it, Reba (McEntire), Alabama all those years. That's what it's supposed to represent." Chesney said his complaint was directed at the industry, not the fans - and that the method amounted to "complete disrespect" of the artists, saying the academy turned the award "into a sweepstakes to see who can push people's buttons the hardest on the internet." ... Urban was beaten to the top male vocalist prize by Brad Paisley, winner for a second year in a row. Carrie Underwood also took home her second consecutive female vocalist trophy. It was a night of repeats. Rascal Flatts' top vocal group win was its sixth in a row, while Brooks & Dunn won their 13th straight award for top vocal duo. Miranda Lambert won album of the year and Sugarland took single record and song of the year honours for their mellow hit Stay.
You know what, irregardless of whether or not Keith Urban walks away from award shows with trophies or not, he is the big winner in my eyes. He is very fortunate to be married to a beautiful woman like Nicole Kidman and the fact that they are expecting their first child together is very exciting. Personally, I think Kenny Chesney should've saved his criticisms of the awards show for another day ... complaining about how an award is given out when you just won the award is really weird, kinda tacky. He should've just kept his mouth shut and said thank you. All in all, tho, much congrats goes out to all the ACM winners ... especially those who saved the complaints for later. [Source, Source]