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