Lambert, Shelton big winners at country awards

Sun Apr 1, 2012 11:44pm EDT
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By Vernell Hackett

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - It was a night for married couples at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday as husband and wife Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert won several honors and a couple of country music fans married during the show.

The show spanned the years of country music with 22-year-old sensation Taylor Swift winning the top honor, entertainer of the year, and audience members paying tribute to bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs, who died last week in Nashville at age 88.

"I am so amazed that the fans keep doing such incredibly nice things for me. I just want to hug them all the time and thank them for everything - it really blows my mind," Swift told reporters backstage about the award, which fans vote for.

But Shelton and Lambert, who married last year, were the big winners, taking home three trophies between them including best male vocalist for him and two trophies for her, female vocalist and album of the year for "Four the Record."

Shelton, who co-hosted the program, seemed genuinely surprised, saying he'd been waiting in the wings and hadn't even been thinking of the award when his name was called. "I didn't see that coming, at all," he said. "It's amazing."

Accepting her trophy for "Four the Record," Lambert called her albums her "babies."

"That's why I wake up in the morning," she said.

Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson also walked off with two awards, single record of the year and vocal event of the year for their duet "Don't You Wanna Stay."   Continued...

Singer Carrie Underwood performs "Good Girl" at the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada April 1, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Marcus