ACM Awards 2012: Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, and...Carrot Top?

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This year's American Country Music Awards, which were hosted by Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire last night in party-city Las Vegas, mixed country with rock, pop, R&B and a little bit of what the?

Country music's finest were out in sparkling dresses and ten-gallon hats, but they were joined by a random selection of stars from the worlds of rock, television, and even stage (comedy stage, that is). Shock-rockers KISS took the podium in full makeup to present the award of vocal group of the year to Lady Antelbellum, while Ashton Kutcher of "Two And A Half Men"--and rumored lead in an upcoming Steve Jobs biopic--awarded Miranda Lambert a statue for female vocalist of the year. Her husband Blake Shelton won male vocalist of the year, making the two of them sort of like prom king and queen.

There were so many performances that the first award wasn't even handed out until thirty minutes into the show, and they kept up throughout the night. Carrie Underwood kicked things off in a sexy little fringed dress with her song "Good Girl", getting the audience warmed up for the night. Martina McBride and Train's Pat Monahan teamed up to provide a soundtrack to the on-stage wedding of a New Jersey couple with the tune "Marry Me". Steve Martin and Rascal Flatts paid a banjo-filled tribute to the late bluegrass great Earl Scruggs, who passed away last week.

But perhaps the oddest--and what many would say was the most fun--performance came when Toby Keith made his way through the audience brandishing a red solo cup and singing--you guessed it--"Red Solo Cup". He was joined by none other than prop comedian Carrot Top, a random pairing if ever I've seen one.

Twitter users were happy, annoyed, and confused about the performance.

This went from the worst day to the best day, Carrot Top at CMA's singing with Toby Keith... And you people said he didn't have potential!(image) 8 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Is that Carrot Top singing with Toby Keith? This is obscene! (And I think I like it). #RedSoloCup(image) 8 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Is that Carrot Top next to Toby Keith? Eeeeew @GetGlue #ACMs(image) 8 hours ago via ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

It seems like Toby Keith was drinking from that red solo cup. Ps, Carrot top? Weirdest performance ever. #ACM(image) 8 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry

Derek M Ballardwatching this country music award show. I really don't get it. This is not for me. Carrot Top was just on here with Toby Keith & solo cups.(image) 9 hours ago via Mobile Web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Drank a lot this weekend, but pretty sure I just saw Carrot Top with Toby Keith on some awards show.(image) 11 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Amanda Crum
Amanda Crum is a writer and artist from Kentucky. She's a fan of Edward Gorey, Hunter S. Thompson, and horror movies. You can follow her on Google:+Amanda Crum