Strait, Lambert lead winners at Academy of Country Music awards

By Robert GalbraithLAS VEGAS Mon Apr 7, 2014 2:54pm EDT1 regarding 20. Miranda Lambert accepts the award regarding female vocalist of the season in the 49th Annual Academy of Nation music Awards within Las Vegas, Nevada April 6, 2014.Credit: Reuters/Robert GalbraithLAS VEGAS (Reuters) - country songs veteran George Strait and singer Miranda Lambert led your winners in the 49th Academy involving country music awards, while the genre's greatest names, such as Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church as well as Keith Urban, sang their own hits.Strait, 61, won the actual night's best reward involving Entertainer with the Year, beating out Lambert, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton as well as Taylor Swift. Bryan won the actual title final year."Wow. Thank you therefore much. Anyone realize what, I've often said I've had the actual best fans within the world and also I heard it was the fan voted thing, so I rest my case. This particular is so amazing, it offers been such an amazing past 30 years," Strait said.Shelton, that co-hosted your awards display using Bryan, extra "our hero won tonight."Lambert won female vocalist, beating out Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood along with Swift, as well as won single record of the season for her hit "Mama's Broken Heart.""I'm therefore grateful along with thankful and humbled," the actual singer said.The Academy of country Audio is definitely an organization involving music business pros who aim to promote along with preserve the tradition associated with country music, plus they vote for your best nation songs achievers regarding his or her annual awards ceremony.Jason Aldean won male vocalist for the second consecutive year, calling the win "an even bigger shock this year."Rising artist Kacey Musgraves acquired album of year on her debut studio record "Same Trailer different Park.""I just wish to say I'm actually proud to be a female representing country music," the particular 25-year-old singer said.The award pertaining to song in the year, that goes to songwriters along with composers, was shown with to end up being able to Lee Brice's "I Drive The Truck." The Actual song was inspired by Paul Monti, the father associated with U.S. soldier Jared Monti who was killed within Afghanistan inside 2006."We're thus honored along with grateful for that outpouring reaction for you to this song," songwriter Connie Harrington stated in tears, adding "Paul Monti and family members and furthermore to every person in America that is aware of what it is just like to reside the language regarding this song, day inside and day out, God bless."PERFORMANCES SPAN COUNTRY MUSIC GENREThe three-hour demonstrate televised go on CBS gave out the handful associated with awards within between performances through artists spanning your spectrum from nation music, coming from Brett Eldredge's summery song "Beat in the Music" to be able to Shelton's intimate performance involving "My Eyes" featuring Gwen Sebastian.The initial award associated with the night was handed for you to Nashville band Florida Georgia Line, formed by Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, that won vocal duo in the year. The Particular band, that won the coveted New Artist of the Yr award last year, presented this year's fan-voted accolade inside the class to newcomer Justin Moore.Moore, donning a new white cowboy hat upon stage, gave a tear-filled speech, stating "Country radio, thank you regarding providing me a new voice and also taking a opportunity on a hillbilly through Arkansas."Bryan along with Shelton peppered Sunday's awards ceremony at the MGM Grand resort in Vegas along with quips with regards to every other, their fellow musicians as well as problems such as marijuana legalization and same-sex marriage."If you don't just like reside music, anyone must go on the block to see Britney Spears," Shelton joked in the presence regarding pop singer Spears' younger sister Jamie Lynn, who's presently wanting to carve out any profession in country music.Shelton furthermore took takes place to sing along along with his fellow judge coming from NBC's "The Voice" idol judges panel, Colombian singer Shakira, singing their duet "Medicine."Other duets included Florida Georgia Series joining Bryan for you to sing their song "This can be The Approach You Roll," Tim McGraw and also Faith Hill joining forces regarding "Meanwhile Back Again in Mama's," and Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow singing their particular hit "I Maintain On."Sibling team Your Band Perry kicked off your awards having its hit "Chainsaw," and found the actual award regarding vocal group in the year. Brad Paisley entertained the poolside crew with his newest song "River Bank," Hunter Hayes belted out his inspiration ballad "Invisible," along with singer Stevie Nicks joined Lady Antebellum to be able to sing "Golden" and also Nick's classic song "Rhiannon."Lady Antebellum furthermore joined Darius Rucker in order to sing the folksy "Wagon Wheel," as the entire audience sang along.Church belted out his anthem "Give Me Again My Hometown," Urban extra some rock'n'roll with "Even The Celebs Fall 4 U," although veteran singer Strait received a standing ovation right after executing his new song "I Got a Car."Veteran nation musician Merle Haggard was handed the particular Crystal Milestone accolade honoring his profession on his 77th birthday about Sunday, even although the audience sang "Happy Birthday" to always be able to him."Country music's been fantastic if you could well ask me my existence and also it's excellent again tonight," the particular singer said.(This story continues for you to be refiled to always be able to alter 'leads' in order to 'lead' in headline)(Writing through Piya Sinha-Roy throughout Los Angeles; Editing by simply Eric Walsh as well as Michael Perry)Link thisShare thisDigg thisEmailPrintReprints