Luke Bryan takes top prize at ACM Awards while Lam­bert gets 4

The China Post - - ARTS - BY MES­FIN FEKADU

Mi­randa Lam­bert won four awards, in­clud­ing al­bum and song of the year, but Luke Bryan took the night’s top prize at the Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic Awards.

Sun­day night was a re­peat of the Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion Awards in Novem­ber, where Lam­bert won mul­ti­ple prizes but lost the big award to Bryan.

Lam­bert was the sole fe­male nom­i­nated for en­ter­tainer of the year; other nom­i­nees in­cluded Garth Brooks, Ja­son Aldean and Florida Ge­or­gia Line, who won two awards Sun­day.

Lam­bert won her fourth al­bum of the year, her sixth fe­male vo­cal­ist of the year and twice for third sin­gle record of the year (she won twice this year as a per­former and song­writer of “Au­to­matic”).

She also ac­cepted the 50th An­niver­sary Mile­stone Award, given to her by Reese Wither­spoon and Sofia Ver­gara. (Lam­bert wrote a song for their new film, “Hot Pur­suit.”)

It was also a mem­o­rable night for Tay­lor Swift, who made it a fam­ily af­fair.

The singer was one of seven re­cip­i­ents of the 50th An­niver­sary Mile­stone Award. Her mother, who re­cently an­nounced she is bat­tling can­cer, pre­sented her daugh­ter with the award.

“I am so happy I learned how to write songs in a town like Nashville,” said Swift, who re­leased her first full­blown pop al­bum, “1989,” last year.

Other re­cip­i­ents of the an­niver­sary honor in­clude Brooks, Reba McEn­tire, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Ch­es­ney and Ge­orge Strait.

Co-host Blake Shel­ton an­nounced that the show, usu­ally held in Las Ve­gas, set a Guin­ness World Record for most at­tended live awards show of all time.

Christina Aguil­era joined Ras­cal Flatts and Nick Jonas sang with the coun­try duo the Swon Broth­ers. Other per­form­ers in­cluded Brooks & Dunn, Brad Pais­ley and Alan Jack­son.

AP

(Top) Luke Bryan poses in the press room with the awards for en­ter­tainer of the year and vo­cal event of the year at the 50th an­nual Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic Awards at AT&T Sta­dium on Sun­day, April 19. (Above) Mi­randa Lam­bert ac­cepts the mile­stone award at the 50th an­nual Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic Awards at AT&T Sta­dium on Sun­day.

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