Kicking off the show was Gretchen Wilson, who did a rockin' job with her hit, "Here For the Party," complete with pyrotechnics.
Moving right along, we start with Dr. Phil and his wife Robin presenting the award for "Video of the Year."
And the winner was: "Whiskey Lullaby," by Brad Paisley with Alison Krauss, directed by Rick Schroeder.
Next, Reba McEntire comes out to talk about tonight's show being international. She goes on to say that Toby Keith will be performing for the troops in Iraq, live via satellite, and next we'll see "an Australian hunk singing an American hit on British soil. And if that's not international, I'll eat your hat."
Keith Urban performs "Days Go By," looking like he's having the time of his life.
Back to Las Vegas, Donnie and Johnny Van Zant (Van Zant) introduce Montgomery Gentry who perform "Gone." Eddie's broken wrist hasn't slowed him down at all.
Reba is next to perform, and she has changed clothes again. She's all in black. She sings her current single, "My Sister." Behind Reba as she sings is a large screen showing photos of sisters. The final picture is Reba and her sisters.
Michelle Stafford from Young and the Restless and Josh Gracin. Before presenting, they both plug each other's upcoming nominations, Michelle for Daytime Emmy, and Josh for ACM New Artist, and they show his video for "Nothin' to Lose." The award they present is for "Single of The Year."
The winner was "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw.
In a pre-recorded message, Martina McBride (who's very pregnant back in Nashville) tells about the Home Depot Award, and the three nominees for this year. Diamond Rio, Neal McCoy, and Brad Paisley. They show some of the artist's charity work. The winner will get to build a playground in the city of their choice.
Cowboy Troy is shown in the audience, and he says "The oddsmakers are taking wagers on what's going to happen first; Garth Brooks going out on World Tour or me having a No. 1 album in country music." He then introduces Big & Rich. The guys and their band are all dressed in tuxes, and sing their single, "Big Time." At the end, when Big Kenny usually holds up his black guitar backwards, showing the white text message, "Love Everybody," this time, when Kenny turns the guitar around, he's got a new green flashing neon message saying"Love Everybody." Very cool, and perfect for Vegas.
Time to see another nominee for New Artist of the Year. This time we see Josh Turner's video for "Long Black Train." Next, Josh comes out with Buddy Jewell to present "Album of the Year."
And the winner was: Be Here from Keith Urban.
Darryl Worley comes out to introduce Lee Ann Womack, who sings her recent single, "I May Hate Myself in the Morning."
Next, to introduce Kenny Chesney is Sawyer Brown's Mark Miller.
Kenny comes out to sing "Anything But Mine."
The next New Artist nominee is Julie Roberts. We're shown a clip of her "Break Down Here" video, then she comes onstage with Joe Nichols. Together, they present the award for "Song of the Year."
The winner is "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw, written by Craig Wiseman and Tim Nichols.
Nascar driver Sterling Marlin is in the audience and he introduces Rascal Flatts, who sing "Fast Cars and Freedom."
Deana Carter is up next to present the "Vocal Collaboration" award. Joining her is the "Blue Man Group," who bring out a giant envelope with the name of the song.
The winner was "Whiskey Lullaby."
Tracy Lawrence is out next to introduce Dierks Bentley, who sings "Lotta Leavin' Left To Do."
Marty Roe and Dana Williams from Diamond Rio and Jamie O'Neal present the "New Artist" award.
The winner was: Gretchen Wilson.
Next, Sara Evans sings her new single, "A Real Fine Place To Start." Sara has a totally new look with lots of blond streaks, and bangs, plus she's playing a guitar as she sings her song.