Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert win big at ACM Awards

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They lead the way with seven nominations going into Sunday’s Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards and left they Sunday’s ceremony with three big wins. The pop-country stars won Song and Single Record of the Year for “Need You Now”, while also dethroning reigning Group of the Year winners Rascal Flatts, who had won the award each of the past seven years. The group technically took home five trophies by wining as both artists and producers for Song and Single Record of the Year.

Miranda Lambert was the other big winner at Sunday’s ACM Awards, which was hosted by Reba McEntire and held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Lambert won Top Female Vocalist, Album of the Year for Revolution and Video of the Year for the album’s lead single “White Liar”. Lambert, who previously won Album of the Year in 2008 for Crazy Ex Girlfriend, became the first solo female artist to ever win the category twice.

Carrie Underwood, meanwhile, took home the coveted Entertainer of the Year award for the second straight year. The win marked the first time any woman has won the ACM Awards’ top prize in back to back years. She was also honored with the “Triple Crown” trophy for her three big career ACM wins:  Entertainer of the Year, Top Female Vocalist and Top Newcomer.

Brad Paisley made history by winning Top Male Vocalist for the fourth consecutive year, while Brooks & Dunn were named Top Vocal Duo, giving the retiring duo an astonishing record of 27 ACM Award trophies. The overall Top New Artist went to Luke Bryan (Top New Vocalist) over Joey & Rory (Top New Vocal Duo) and Gloriana (Top New Vocal Group), while Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins shared Vocal Event of the Year for “Hillbilly Bone”. Montgomery Gentry was also honored with this year’s Home Depot Humanitarian Award.

Of course, the night was also filled with performances. Lambert and Underwood kicked off the show with a performance of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Travelin’ Band” with help from Brad Paisley and former CCR frontman John Fogerty on guitar, and Charlie Daniels on fiddle. Other stars that performed on the show included Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts.

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