ACM Awards 2012: Miranda Lambert Calls Out Ashton Kutcher For Butchering George Strait

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With the 2024 ACM Awards just a couple days away, we’ve been taking the opportunity to look back at some great (and not so great), ACM moments from the past.

We recently took a look back at Miranda Lambert’s 2019 shade towards Blake Shelton during a performance of “Little Red Wagon,” Travis Tritt and actor Joe Pesci performing together in 1992, and of course, who could forget Alan Jackson’s 1994 protest performance without drumsticks? Legendary.

Miranda Lambert has had her fair share of ACM moments, whether it be performances, wins, or the aforementioned shade, but now, we’re taking it back to 2012.

If you remember to the 2012 ACM Awards, Ashton Kutcher strolled out dressed like a cowboy clown, absolutely butchered a cover of George Strait’s “I Cross My Heart,” and then introduced the nominees for Female Vocalist.

It was cringy at best, a mockery at worst… and some artists called him out for it.

Justin was a little more foreword with his response.

Ashton later replied to Miranda saying that he wasn’t making fun of it.

“I am one of the biggest country music fans you’ve ever met. Wasn’t making fun at all.”

The Iowa native is a country fan in fact (how big of one is debatable), but it doesn’t appear that he was actually trying to make fun of country music. Awards shows are always pretty corny, right?

So while it don’t think any harm was meant, it was still a pretty dumb moment in ACM Awards history, but also illustrates where these shows tend to fail. They love to bring in celebrities from outside of the genre to drum up some interest from non-country fans. Only problem is that non-country fans still don’t watch the show, and the loyal country fans are left wondering why the hell Ashton Kutcher is on stage looking like a bozo.

Miranda later admitted that Ashton loved “real country music” when the two met at the Kentucky Debry a month later.

The 59th Annual ACM Awards will stream exclusively on Prime Video on Thursday, May 16th at 8 p.m. EST from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

And speaking of a little George Strait, here’s how it’s done.

“I Cross My Heart”

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2024 ACM Awards Nominees

And the nominees are…

Luke Combs has the most nominations coming in at eight in total, with Megan Moroney and Morgan Wallen coming in right behind him at six, respectively. Cody Johnson, Chris Stapleton, and Lainey Wilson follow them with five each.

And with all that being said, here are the nominees:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Jelly Roll
Cody Johnson
Chris Stapleton
Morgan Wallen
Lainey Wilson

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Kelsea Ballerini
Ashley McBryde
Megan Moroney
Kacey Musgraves
Lainey Wilson

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Luke Combs
Jelly Roll
Cody Johnson
Chris Stapleton
Morgan Wallen

DUO OF THE YEAR

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Maddie & Tae
The War And Treaty

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Flatland Cavalry
Lady A
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Kassi Ashton
Ashley Cooke
Hannah Ellis
Kylie Morgan
Megan Moroney

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

ERNEST
Kameron Marlowe
Dylan Scott
Conner Smith
Nate Smith

NEW DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Neon Union
Restless Road
Tigirlily Gold

ALBUM OF THE YEAR 

Gettin’ Old – Luke Combs (Producer: Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton, Luke Combs)
Higher – Chris Stapleton (Producer: Chris Stapleton, Dave Cobb, Morgane Stapleton)
Leather – Cody Johnson (Producers: Trent Willmon)
One Thing At A Time – Morgan Wallen (Producers: Joey Moi, Cameron Montgomery, Charlie Handsome, Jacob Durrett)
Rolling Up the Welcome Mat (For Good) – Kelsea Ballerini (Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Alysa Vanderheym)

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

Burn It Down – Parker McCollum (Producer: Jon Randall)
Fast Car – Luke Combs (Producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton)
Last Night – Morgan Wallen (Producer: Joey Moi, Charlie Handsome)
Need A Favor – Jelly Roll (Producer: Austin Nivarel)
Next Thing You Know – Jordan Davis (Producer: Paul DiGiovanni)

SONG OF THE YEAR 

Fast Car – Luke Combs, Songwriters: Tracy Chapman
Heart Like A Truck – Lainey Wilson, Songwriters: Dallas Wilson, Lainey Wilson, Trannie Anderson
Next Thing You Know – Jordan Davis, Songwriters: Chase McGill, Greylan James, Jordan Davis, Josh Osborne
The Painter – Cody Johnson, Songwriters: Benjy Davis, Kat Higgins, Ryan Larkins
Tennessee Orange – Megan Moroney, Songwriters: Ben Williams, David Fanning, Megan Moroney, Paul Jenkins

MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR

Can’t Break Up Now – Old Dominion, Megan Moroney
Different ‘Round Here – Riley Green (Ft. Luke Combs)
I Remember Everything – Zach Bryan (feat. Kacey Musgraves)
Man Made A Bar – Morgan Wallen (feat. Eric Church)
Save Me – Jelly Roll (with Lainey Wilson)

VISUAL MEDIA OF THE YEAR

Burn It Down – Parker McCollum
Human – Cody Johnson
In Your Love – Tyler Childers
Next Thing You Know – Jordan Davis
Tennessee Orange – Megan Moroney

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Jessie Jo Dillon
Ashley Gorley
Hillary Lindsey
Chase McGill
Josh Thompson

ARTIST-SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Zach Bryan
ERNEST
HARDY
Chris Stapleton
Morgan Wallen

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