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Should Kenny Chesney return his ACM entertainer of the year award?

May 20, 2008 |  9:01 am

Kenny Chesney may have blasted the Academy of Country Music for allowing online voting to determine entertainer of the year, but his record label sure encouraged his fans to get him that fourth win in a row. As Joanne points out in the comment section of our original item, "What a Kenny_chesney hypocrite! Go to his website where he encourages people to vote for him. In bold blue letters. If he thought this system was wrong, why did he support it on his website?"

Backstage at the ACMs on Sunday night, Chesney was singing a different tune. "They took it from what the award really represents into a sweepstakes to see who can push people's buttons the hardest on the Internet," he fumed to reporters in the pressroom. "It's complete disrespect of the artist, what they've lowered it to. It really diminishes the integrity of the music that we're making. And I can say that because I won."

Kenny Chesney's plea to fans to vote for his ACM award is no longer posted at his site since the contest is over, but, as Oskar Garcia of the AP reports, "Chesney's MySpace page still carried a large banner Monday urging fans to 'bring it home for KC,' with links to the academy's online page and messages from fans lower on the page. "

If Chesney did not know about this online effort by his record label, how can he now keep this award? And if he did know, should he consider a second career as an actor?