Top ACM Winners-Lady A, Lambert, Underwood

ACM winner Luke Bryan, Capitol Nashville President & CEO Mike Dungan, Charles Kelley of ACM winning trio Lady Antebellum, Troy Olsen, Hillary Scott & Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker & Walker Hayes. Photo: Rick Diamond

Sony Music Nashville enjoyed a total of eight wins last night, with performances or wins from its stars Miranda Lambert, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood. Pictured celebrating the evening at a post-awards gathering (l-r): Sony Music Nashville Sr VP Sales & Operations Paul Barnabee, VP Promotion Skip Bishop, and Marketing VP Tom Baldrica; Chesney; Paisley; Phran Galante and husband and Sony Music Nashville Chairman Joe Galante; Underwood; Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery; Lambert; Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry; Sony Music Nashville Exec VP A&R Renee Bell; and recently retired Sony Music Nashville Exec VP Butch Waugh. Photo credit: Christie’s Photographic Studios

Last night’s (4/18) Academy of Country Music Awards reaffirmed the talent and star power of big winners Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

Lady Antebellum took home trophies in three categories, and received two additional awards in the same fields as songwriters and producers. The trio comprised of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood received a total of five trophies. It was their first Top Vocal Group honor, and they also enjoyed wins for Single Record of the Year as artists and producers, and Song of the Year as artists and composers.

Lambert also had a stellar night, winning three awards, including her first for Top Female Vocalist. Her win for Album of the Year (Revolution) made her the first solo female artist to win the honor twice. She also took home Top Video honors for “White Liar.”

Once again, nearly half a million fans voted for the Entertainer of the Year category and named Carrie Underwood winner of the evening’s biggest honor for the second year in a row. She is the first female to win the award twice. Underwood also received the Triple Crown Award, thanks to her past wins for Entertainer, Top Female Vocalist and Top New Female Vocalist. Barbara Mandrell is the ACM’s only other female Triple Crown honoree.

Brad Paisley won Top Male Vocalist for the fourth consecutive time, becoming the only artist to receive three or more consecutive honors in that category.

With this year’s win for Top Vocal Duo, Brooks & Dunn’s ACM tally shot to 27, the most of any artist in Academy history. Due to this achievement, the retiring duo will be honored at ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn—The Last Rodeo, taping tonight (4/19) in Las Vegas and airing Sunday, May 23, at 8:00 PM ET/PT on CBS.

Blake Shelton scored his first ACM Award for Event Of The Year with friend Trace Adkins for their No. 1 single, “Hillbilly Bone.” Montgomery Gentry was honored with the ACM/ The Home Depot Humanitarian Award. Taylor Swift, who went into the evening with five nominations and a truckload of trophies from other recent awards shows, went home without a win.

Entertainer of the Year Carrie Underwood

Top Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert

Top Vocal Duo of the Year Brooks & Dunn

Top Male Vocalist of the Year Brad Paisley

Top Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum

Album of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company(s)]
Revolution – Miranda Lambert (Columbia Nashville)
Produced by: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke

Top New Artist
Luke Bryan [Top New Solo Vocalist of the Year]
Joey + Rory [Top New Vocal Duo of the Year ]
Gloriana [Top New Vocal Group of the Year]

Single Record of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company(s)]
“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)
Produced by: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley

Song of the Year [Awarded to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum Composers:  Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott
Publishers: EMI Foray Music (BMI), Darth Buddha (ASCAP), Dwhaywood Music (BMI), Hillary Dawn Publishing (SESAC), Radiobullets Publishing (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Year Of The Dog Music (ASCAP)

Vocal Event of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company] (Off Camera Award)
“Hillbilly Bone” – Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins (Reprise Records / Warner Music Nashville)
Producer: Scott Hendricks

Video of the Year [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] (Off Camera Award)
“White Liar” – Miranda Lambert Producer:  Tameron Hedge
; Director: Chris Hicky

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