Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert big winners at Country Music awards

Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:11am EDT
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By Lisa Maria Garza

ARLINGTON, Texas (Reuters) - Luke Bryan won the fan-voted top prize of entertainer of the year at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, which drew more than 70,000 fans to the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The home of the Dallas Cowboys was at near-capacity and broke the Guinness Book of World Records for most attendance at a live awards show - logging 70,252 guests.

Bryan and fellow country music star Blake Shelton hosted the awards, broadcast on CBS, for the third year running.

"They say everything is bigger in Texas," Bryan told the crowd. "Tonight we are the most attended live award show of all time.”

Miranda Lambert, who led all nominees for the second consecutive year with eight nods, walked away with three awards, including Album of the Year for her work, “Platinum."

"It’s good to be home,” said Lambert, a native Texan.

Jason Aldean took home the award for male vocalist of the year for the third straight year. Cole Swindell won the fan-voted new artist of the year.

George Strait, who retired from touring with a final show at Cowboys’ Stadium last year, debuted his new single, “Let it Go” after performing a medley of his greatest hits.   Continued...

Singer Luke Bryan poses backstage with his awards for Vocal Event of the Year and Entertainer of the Year during the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Arlington, Texas April 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Mike Stone