Strait, Lambert lead winners at Academy of Country Music awards

Mon Apr 7, 2014 2:54pm EDT
 
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By Robert Galbraith

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Country music veteran George Strait and singer Miranda Lambert led the winners at the 49th Academy of Country Music awards, while the genre's biggest names, including Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church and Keith Urban, sang their hits.

Strait, 61, won the night's top prize of Entertainer of the Year, beating out Lambert, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift. Bryan won the title last year.

"Wow. Thank you so much. You know what, I've always said I've had the best fans in the world and I heard this was a fan voted thing, so I rest my case. This is so amazing, it's been such an amazing past 30 years," Strait said.

Shelton, who co-hosted the awards show with Bryan, added "our hero won tonight."

Lambert won female vocalist, beating out Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood and Swift, and also won single record of the year for her hit "Mama's Broken Heart."

"I'm so grateful and thankful and humbled," the singer said.

The Academy of Country Music is an organization of music industry professionals who aim to promote and preserve the tradition of country music, and they vote for the top country music achievers for their annual awards ceremony.

Jason Aldean won male vocalist for the second consecutive year, calling the win "an even bigger shock this year."   Continued...

 
Miranda Lambert accepts the award for female vocalist of the year at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada April 6, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith