Chris Young leads youth movement at ACM Awards

CHRIS TALBOTT
Associated PressApril 2, 2012
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Jason Aldean, left, and Kelly Clarkson accept the award for single of the year for "Don't You Wanna Stay" at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 1, 2012 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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.