LAS VEGAS, April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Winners have been announced for the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, a star-studded ceremony broadcast LIVE on the CBS Television Network from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Fans named Taylor Swift , Entertainer of the Year, the evening's biggest honor. This is the second consecutive year that Taylor Swift has been named Entertainer of the Year. This year marked a record breaking year with nearly one million fans casting their vote for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year categories, combined.
Swift is the youngest and seventh solo female to take the award in the 40 year history of this category; previous winners include Loretta Lynn in 1975, Dolly Parton in 1977, Barbara Mandrell in 1980, Reba in 1994, Shania Twain in 1999, Dixie Chicks in 2000 and Carrie Underwood in 2008 and 2009.
Miranda Lambert won Female Vocalist of the Year and Blake Shelton won Male Vocalist of the Year. This is Lambert's third consecutive win as Female Vocalist of the Year and Shelton's first win as Male Vocalist of the Year.
Lambert also took the prize for Album of the Year, making her the only female to have three consecutive albums win the category. Lambert previously won Album of the Year in 2007 for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and in 2009 for REVOLUTION.
For the third consecutive year, Lady Antebellum won Vocal Group of the Year. Thompson Square won Vocal Duo of the Year, their first ACM Award win. Scotty McCreery was honored as New Artist of the Year in tonight's broadcast, marking his first ACM win in the fan-voted category.Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson won two awards tonight in the categories of Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for their song "Don't You Wanna Stay." This marks a first win in both categories for Aldean and Clarkson. Artists Lee Brice, Kelly Clarkson , Eli Young Band, Scotty McCreery and Thompson Square received their first time Academy of Country Music Awards. Tonight, the Academy of Country Music sold-out two of the largest arenas in Las Vegas, the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Reba and Blake Shelton , and the Mandalay Bay Events Center for the 2nd Annual ACM Fan Jam, hosted by the Zac Brown Band. Following is the list of winners in the 11 categories voted on by the membership (excluding the Entertainer of the Year and New Artist categories, which were voted on by a combination of professional ACM members and fans): ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
- Taylor Swift
- Blake Shelton
- Miranda Lambert