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Luke Bryan went home with the entertainer of the year award at the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
But Miranda Lambert was the night’s big winner with three awards, including female vocalist of the year. She also won single record of the year and song of the year for “Over You,” which she wrote with her husband, Blake Shelton, about his late brother.
“As a songwriter, having your song and your lyrics recognized by your peers is pretty much as good as it gets,” Lambert said onstage. “And I’m so thankful for being in this genre of country music, every single time someone’s nominated, I just cheer, because I love everybody to death. So thank you for accepting me as a song writer, not just as a singer, because that means the world to me.”
Lambert and Shelton also were up for the fan voted-entertainer of the year award alongside Bryan, Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift, who was the favorite after winning the award the past two years. (Swift, who was up for four awards, went home empty-handed.)
Aldean, meanwhile, was named male vocalist of the year, while his collaboration with Bryan and Eric Church, “The Only Way I Know,” won vocal event of the year.
Church’s Chief was awarded the ACM for album of the year.
Other big winners included Florida Georgia Line (best new artist and the previously announced best new vocal duo or group) and Little Big Town (vocal group of the year and video of the year for “Tornado”).
A complete list of winners follows.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR (Off-Camera Award)
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Little Big Town
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL’S
Florida Georgia Line
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Chief – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)
Produced by: Jay Joyce
SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR
Over You – Miranda Lambert (RCA)
Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
SONG OF THE YEAR
Over You – Miranda Lambert
Composers: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton
Publishers: Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony ATV/Tree Publishing (BMI)
VIDEO OF THE YEAR (Off-Camera Award)
Tornado – Little Big Town
Producer: Iris Baker
Director: Shane Drake
VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR (Off-Camera Award)
The Only Way I Know – Jason Aldean With Luke Bryan & Eric Church (Broken Bow)
Produced by: Michael Knox
NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (previously announced)
NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (previously announced)
NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR (previously announced)
Florida Georgia Line
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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