Recapping the AMA’s Country Style

In case you missed it the American Music Awards were last night. If you watched any part other than the country portion of the show chances are you have a new appreciation for the genre. Here’s what you need to know about the 2014 American Music Award’s country wise.

Award Winners

Luke Bryan won the award for favorite male country artist besting both Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton. The award caps off a great November for Bryan who also took him the CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year.

Carrie Underwood bested Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves for the female version of the above award. The surprising result wasn’t aired on television, but Underwood thanked her fans via Twitter this morning.

In arguably the least surprising result of the night Florida Georgia Line took him the AMA for favorite country duo/group. It’s their first AMA win in this category after being bested by Lady Antebellum a year ago.

One of the most surprising results in any category was Brantley Gilbert’s win for favorite country album of the year with Just As I Am. He bested Eric Church’s The Outsiders and Garth Brooks Blame it All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences. Gilbert graciously accepted the award from the Mark Cuban and the rest of the Shark Tank judges.

Garth’s Performance

The only country performance of the night came from Greensboro, North Carolina. It was there that Garth Brooks was rocking a sold out Greensboro Coliseum with the lead single from  Man Against Machine, “People Loving People.” The broadcasted performance likely likely didn’t do much for Brooks sales wise, however. Many television viewers likely switched the channel upon the switch and when the cameras panned back to the Nokia Theatre most fans looked disinterested. Nonetheless, it was nice to see Garth back in the spotlight.