Poll: What do you think of Taylor Swift winning the top ACM Award?
Obviously, voting members of the academy weren't too wild about Swift this year. They snubbed her in all other ACM Award categories. In the race for best album, they preferred Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" to Swift's "Speak Now" and they gave the prize for best female vocalist to Miranda Lambert over Swift.
But academy members no longer decide who'll win the trophy as entertainer of the year, as they did a few years ago. Now voting is open to anyone who wants to click a button at the ACM website poll. Maybe that award shouldn't be given status equal to the ones chosen by ACM members? Maybe ACM should do what film festivals do and create a special "audience award" or "people's choice" prize that distinguishes it from the jury's accolades?
Carrie Underwood won the entertainer's laurel in 2009 and 2010, but ACM didn't put her on the ballot this year. Is that fair? Would she have beaten Swift as she has in the past?
-- Tom O'Neil
Photo: Taylor Swift. Credit: Academy of Country Music