Country Singer Luke Bryan Hits High Note at Las Vegas American Country Awards

Country music artist Luke Bryan went home a big winner from The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas last week, though not with a bagful of chips from the gaming tables. What he did receive was actually worth a whole lot more, as he romped home with nine guitar trophies in the third annual American Country Awards (ACA) held at the hotel casino.

Bryan underscored his dominance as he copped three major titles at stake in the fan-voted awards. Fans voted his “Tailgates and Tanlines” as the album of the year and likewise gave him the accolade as artist of the year and male artist of the year. In addition, Bryan’s “I Don’t Want This Night to End” garnered the Music Video of the Year and the Most Played Radio Track.

Recognition as the female artist of the year was bestowed on Carrie Underwood, who now holds a record 11 ACA trophies, a feat yet unmatched in the awards’ three-year history. Another female artist who was dominant in this year’s voting was Miranda Lambert, Female Singer of the Year. Additionally, her “Over You” stood out in the female category’s Single of the Year, Music Video of the Year, and the Most Played Radio Track.

Other top winners included, Lady Antebellum, which got the Group of the Year and Single (“We Owned the Night”) of the Year Group plums. During the awards, it was announced that the Lady Antebellum trio is coming out with new music in early 2013. The honor for the favorite new artist went to Lauren Alaina, while Jake Owen took the breakthrough artist of the year award.

For the second year in a row, the tandem of singer-actress Kristin Chenoweth and county music artist and actor Trace Adkins hosted the 2012 awards. Antics centering on the Mutt-and-Jeff hosting duo served as the appetizer to the event which kicked off with the hulking Adkins carrying the pint-sized Kristin onstage.


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