Luke Bryan is Big Winner at American Country Awards
Luke Bryan came away as the top winner from last night’s American Country Awards, bringing home nine honors throughout the course of the ceremony, including Best Male Artist, Best Album and Artist of the Year.
“Rarely am I rendered speechless, but I truly am,” Bryan told Billboard backstage at the event. “I don’t know how to formulate a series of words that can truly tell how appreciative I am to the fans for voting and making a night like this possible… I always take fan voted awards and cherish them. They are dear to my heart.”
Carrie Underwood was also on hand to set a milestone as she picked up two during the night – bringing her total American Country Awards to 11, more than any other artists. She won for Female Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for “Remind Me,” her duet with Brad Paisley.
“It’s fan-voted so it really means a lot,” Underwood said. “I’ve been lucky throughout my career. I’ve had a lot of really awesome nominations and tonight was no exception. I know I have awesome fans.”
Miranda Lambert brought home three awards, including Single of the Year for her hit “Over You” – the song also was the most played radio track by a female through out the year. Hunter Hayes won a couple of awards: Music Video of the Year: New Artist and Single of the Year: New Artist. The awards came less than a week after the relative newcomer was nominated for three Grammy nominations.
The awards were hosted by Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth in Las Vegas. Artists taking the stage to perform last night included Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum. Lady A won the award for Artist of the Year: Group.