Chris Young leads youth movement at ACM Awards

By Chris Talbott

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, April 1 2012 6:30 p.m. MDT

From left, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, of musical group Lady Antebellum, arrive at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 1, 2012 in Las Vegas.

Isaac Brekken, Associated Press

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Carrie Underwood kicked off the Academy of Country Awards with a hard-charging blast of rock 'n' roll and a sexy black and magenta mini-dress.

Underwood's single "Good Girl" was a warning shot to those looking for a lot of twang out of Sunday night's awards in Las Vegas.

The ACMs are a celebration of what country has become with arena rockers like lead nominees Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean being joined by a wave of 20-something upstarts who've incorporated new sounds into the genre. Non-country acts like KISS, Marc Anthony and LL Cool J were scheduled to join in the fun.

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