LAS VEGAS (CBSLA.com) — Country fans named Luke Bryan Entertainer of the Year at the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs) Sunday night.
It was the first time Bryan, who also co-hosted the awards with Blake Shelton, won in that category.
Awards were handed out from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and broadcast on CBS.
Producers said a record 1.1 million fans cast ballots for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist awards combined
Prior to the telecast, Bryan won for Vocal Event of the Year with Jason Aldean and Eric Church, for “The Only Way I Know.” The Entertainer of the Year Award and Vocal Event of the Year mark his fourth ACM Award wins. He previously won in 2009 for both New Solo Vocalist of the Year and for New Artist.
Shelton’s wife, Miranda Lambert, won for the fourth consecutive year as Female Vocalist of the Year and she also took the prize for Single Record of the Year as artist, and Song of the Year, as artist and composer, for “Over You,” an award she shared with her co-composer husband.
Lambert was the leading winner of the night, with a total of four trophies in three categories. She joins Reba McEntire and Loretta Lynn as the only other artists to win Female Vocalist of the Year four or more times.
Jason Aldean won Male Vocalist of the Year, his first win in the category. Aldean also won for Vocal Event of the Year, with Luke Bryan and Eric Church, for “The Only Way I Know.” This is his second consecutive win in that category; he won last year with Kelly Clarkson for “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” In 2005, he won for New Male Vocalist of the Year.
Little Big Town won Vocal Group of the Year and, prior to the telecast, they were also awarded the trophy for Video of the Year for “Tornado.” This is their first win in both categories. In 2006, they won for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year.
Thompson Square won Vocal Duo of the Year, their second consecutive ACM Award win in that category.
Eric Church won Album of the Year for “Chief.” He also won for Vocal Event of the Year, with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, for “The Only Way I Know.” This is his first win in both categories, and his third ACM Award overall. He won for New Solo Vocalist of the Year in 2010.
Florida Georgia Line received the New Artist(s) of the Year prize. They also won in the New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year category, giving them a total of two wins for this year
In previously announced awards, Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer won New Male Vocalist and New Female Vocalist, respectively.
For a complete list of nominees and winners past and present, go the ACM website.