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April 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Winners have been announced for the
48 th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, a star-studded ceremony broadcast LIVE tonight on the CBS Television Network from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in
Las Vegas. Fans named
Entertainer of the Year, the evening's biggest honor and his first win in that category. This year marked a record breaking year with 1.1 million fans casting their vote for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year categories, combined.
Bryan co-hosted the ACM Awards for the first time ever tonight with
Blake Shelton. Prior to the telecast, Bryan won for Vocal Event of the Year with
Jason Aldean and
Eric Church, for "The Only Way I Know," a trophy he accepted on the GAC live red carpet pre-show. The Entertainer of the Year Award and Vocal Event of the Year mark his fourth ACM Award wins. He previously won in 2009 for both New Solo Vocalist of the Year and for New Artist of the Year.
Miranda Lambert won for the fourth consecutive year as Female Vocalist of the Year and she also took the prize for Single Record of the Year as artist, and Song of the Year, as artist and composer, for "Over You," an award she shares with husband and co-composer
Blake Shelton. She is the leading winner of the night, with a total of four trophies in three categories. She joins
Loretta Lynn as the only other artists to win Female Vocalist of the Year four or more times.
Jason Aldeanwon Male Vocalist of the Year, his first win in the category. Aldean also won for Vocal Event of the Year, with
Luke Bryan and
Eric Church, for "The Only Way I Know." This is his second consecutive win in that category; he won last year with
Kelly Clarkson for "Don't You Wanna Stay." In 2005, he won for New Male Vocalist of the Year.
Little Big Town won Vocal Group of the Year and, prior to the telecast, they were also awarded the trophy for Video of the Year for "Tornado." This is their first win in both categories. In 2006, they won for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year.
Thompson Square won Vocal Duo of the Year, their second consecutive ACM Award win in that category.
Eric Churchwon Album of the Year for
Chief. He also won for Vocal Event of the Year, with
Jason Aldean and
Luke Bryan, for "The Only Way I Know." This is his first win in both categories, and his third ACM Award overall. He won for New Solo Vocalist of the Year in 2010.
Florida Georgia Line received their first time Academy of Country Music Award tonight for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl's Department Stores, a fan-voted category. They previously won in the New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year category, giving them a total of two wins for this year.
Tonight, the Academy of Country Music sold-out two of the largest arenas in
Las Vegas, the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the 48
th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by
Luke Bryan, and the Orleans Arena for the 3
nd Annual ACM Fan Jam, headlined by
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
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR *(Off Camera Award)
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Little Big Town
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL'S
Florida Georgia Line
ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]
Chief – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)
Jay JoyceSINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]
Over You – Miranda Lambert (RCA)
Glenn WorfSONG OF THE YEAR [Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
Over You – Miranda Lambert
Publishers: Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony ATV/Tree Publishing (BMI)