Dads Rule at the ACAs!Shana Aborn
“My Kinda Party” indeed! Country star Jason Aldean cleaned up big-time at the American Country Awards last night, winning six of the coveted guitars – including the top prize for Artist of the Year.
But back at home, Aldean’s proud of his two greatest prizes: daughters Keeley, 8, and Kendyl, 4. “There’s nothing cooler to me than being a parent,” he once told OK! magazine, “and girls are sweet and innocent – at least right now.”
During his time off the road, he spends as much time as possible with the girls, watching them sing Black Eyed Peas songs and teaching them to swim. “I’ve always heard girls become closer to their dad the older they get, and I’m hoping that’s the case,” he told the magazine.
But Aldean is far from alone – the ACA stage was filled with proud dads (and sons) last night. Take a look!
Toby Keith 1 of 5Holding an ACA guitar (photo from last year's awards) beats a "Red Solo Cup" any day. This year, the father of three (and grandfather of one!) won Artist of the Decade. "We've had a great decade," said Keith, "and I hope we have another one!"
Trace Adkins 2 of 5ACA co-host Adkins is the proud dad of five girls, three by wife Rhonda. Daughter Brianna has severe food allergies, so Adkins has become a passionate advocate for food allergy awareness.
Blake Shelton 3 of 5Double winner Shelton (for the video of "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking") had his ailing dad on his mind on this big night. "I know he's watching back at home," said Shelton in his speech. "I love you, Dad, and I want to dedicate this to you."
Brad Paisley 4 of 5Paisley takes home the Male Artist of the Year honors to wife Kimberly Williams Paisley and their sons, Huck and Jasper.
Kristian Bush 5 of 5Sugarland won Best Vocal Duo for the fifth year straight - but Bush's role as dad to a son and daughter will last much longer than that!
[Photo Credits: PR Photos]