Matthew McConaughey and Camilla Alves left son Levi at home so Matt could present the Entertainer of the Year award at last night's Academy of Country Music Awards from Las Vegas's MGM Grand hotel. McConaughey poked fun at his own tendency to go shirtless and ratcheted up the tension before presenting the award by relating an anecdote about charming the ladies of Tyler, Texas, back in 1987 by pretending to be country legend George Strait's custom boot-maker. "We got lucky that night; thank you, George," McConaughey said, to the visible delight of Mr. Strait.
Nicole Kidman left daughter Sunday Rose at home as well, appearing in a risqué, backless black gown to support her husband, Keith Urban, who was nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist. Urban shared the award for Vocal Event of the Year with Brad Paisley, and performed his new song "Kiss a Girl," which he has said was inspired by his wife.
Not in attendance was Top Male Vocalist winner Paisley, who appeared via satellite from his home in Nashville, where he and wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley were awaiting the birth of their second child. "I really want to thank you for this," Paisley said in his acceptance speech. "I wish I could be there, but I didn't want to take the chance of missing the birth of our next child. Thank you for understanding."
Celeb parenting also took a turn for the fame-grubbing, as Billy Ray Cyrus introduced daughter Miley's performance with plugs for Miley's new movie and his upcoming album. You know what they say about the family that sells out together…