The ACM Awards Had Lots Of New Jersey Flavor With Love, Prayers, and “The Boss” [VIDEO]
The Academy of Country Music put on quite a show in Las Vegas at the MGM for the 47th Annual ACM Awards last night. Big names like The Voice judge Blake Shelton, his wife Amanda Lambert, Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, and Taylor Swift were some of the big winners during the CBS broadcast on Sunday, but the stories coming from this night was one South Jersey couple’s wedding, one missing South Jersey guy, and the presence of “The Boss”.
The awards show featured Washington Township’s lucky couple Christina Davidson and Frank Tucci, as they exchanged their vows in from of a packed arena while some 20 Million people viewed. The bride was stunning in her Oleg Cassini wedding dress from David’s Bridal, and the groom stood tall and striking in the moment that Martina McBride made happen. The couple’s story has become a national story, and their moment stole the show as McBride and Pat Monahan of Train sang his hit “Marry Me” while their vows were exchanged.
Earlier in the show, Eric Church brought his brilliant new song out to perform – “Springsteen”! No “The Boss” was not there in person, but his song invokes the great images that Bruce has done throughout his career. Church name-checks at least 4 of Springsteen’s songs, and weaves them wonderfully in this addicting country song. See if you can find them in Eric’s song (with the lyrics popping up on this YouTube video with about 2 Million hits)
Finally, after thanking fans whose votes landed her the ACM Entertainer of The Year award, Taylor Swift spoke of South Jersey’s Kevin McGuire – the Somerdale guy that you leaned about here at SoJO 104.9. His dream come true moment ended with an unexpected curve. Heather Deluca reported his unfortunate turn in health that forced Kevin from being Taylor’s date for the awards last night. Swift said “Recently, I have been aware of a different struggle that is going on. My date tonight was supposed to be a high school football player named Kevin McGuire, and he is not here. I promised him I’d give him a shout-out, so Kevin and all your family and friends, thank you for wanting to take me to the ACMs.”
McGuire’s story, which was already well known regionally, has suddenly exploded nationally as Yahoo, The L.A. Times, and others have been discovering his story over the last 24 hours. Everyone at SoJO sends Kevin all the best in his brave fight against leukemia.