Strait, Lambert lead winners at Academy of Country Music awards

By Robert GalbraithLAS VEGAS Mon Apr 7, 2014 2:54pm EDT1 involving 20. Miranda Lambert accepts the particular award with regard to female vocalist of year in the 49th Annual Academy regarding country Audio Awards inside Las Vegas, Nevada April 6, 2014.Credit: Reuters/Robert GalbraithLAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Nation audio veteran George Strait and singer Miranda Lambert led the winners at the 49th Academy involving country Songs awards, while the genre's biggest names, such as Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church and also Keith Urban, sang their own hits.Strait, 61, won the particular night's leading award associated with Entertainer in the Year, beating out Lambert, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton as well as Taylor Swift. Bryan won the actual title last year."Wow. Thank an individual consequently much. Anyone realize what, I've usually stated I've had your best fans in the world and I heard this was any fan voted thing, thus I rest my case. This is indeed amazing, this features been this amazing past 30 years," Strait said.Shelton, whom co-hosted the particular awards show along with Bryan, added "our hero won tonight."Lambert won female vocalist, beating out Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood and Swift, and inside addition won single record of year on the woman's behalf hit "Mama's Broken Heart.""I'm consequently grateful along with thankful as well as humbled," the actual singer said.The Academy involving Nation Songs is an organization involving record companies pros who aim to advertise along with preserve the particular tradition involving nation music, plus they vote for that top nation audio achievers for his or her annual awards ceremony.Jason Aldean won male vocalist for that 2nd consecutive year, calling the particular acquire "an even bigger shock this year."Rising artist Kacey Musgraves found album of year on your ex behalf debut studio record "Same Trailer different Park.""I just wish to say I'm really proud being a female representing country music," your 25-year-old singer said.The award pertaining to song in the year, which usually would go to songwriters as well as composers, was given for you to Lee Brice's "I Drive your Truck." Your song ended up being inspired through Paul Monti, the particular father associated with U.S. soldier Jared Monti who was killed in Afghanistan in 2006."We're so honored as well as grateful for the outpouring reaction in order to this song," songwriter Connie Harrington stated within tears, adding "Paul Monti as well as family members and to each individual throughout America which knows what it is such as to live the words of this song, day within along with day out, God bless."PERFORMANCES SPAN COUNTRY MUSIC GENREThe three-hour present televised survive CBS gave out a handful regarding awards throughout between performances via artists spanning your spectrum from nation music, from Brett Eldredge's summery song "Beat with the Music" in order to Shelton's intimate performance of "My Eyes" featuring Gwen Sebastian.The initial award regarding the night time was handed for you to Nashville band Florida Georgia Line, formed simply by Brian Kelley as well as Tyler Hubbard, that won vocal duo with the year. The Actual band, which usually won your coveted New Artist with the Yr award last year, offered this year's fan-voted accolade inside the group to newcomer Justin Moore.Moore, donning any white cowboy hat on stage, gave the tear-filled speech, declaring "Country radio, thank you for providing me any voice as well as taking a likelihood on a hillbilly coming from Arkansas."Bryan and Shelton peppered Sunday's awards ceremony at the MGM Grand hotel inside Vegas using quips about every other, his or her fellow musicians along with concerns such as marijuana legalization and also same-sex marriage."If you never just like stay music, a person have to go down the block to see Britney Spears," Shelton joked in the presence regarding pop singer Spears' younger sister Jamie Lynn, who is presently wanting to carve out a profession within country music.Shelton furthermore took happens to sing together along with his fellow judge from NBC's "The Voice" all judges panel, Colombian singer Shakira, singing his or her duet "Medicine."Other duets included Florida Georgia line becoming any member of Bryan in order to sing their song "This is actually how We Roll," Tim McGraw along with Faith Hill becoming the member of forces for "Meanwhile back with Mama's," as well as Dierks Bentley and also Sheryl Crow vocal range his or her hit "I hold On."Sibling team Your Band Perry kicked off the particular awards having its hit "Chainsaw," and picked up your award for vocal group with the year. Brad Paisley entertained the actual poolside crew with his newest song "River Bank," Hunter Hayes belted out his inspiration ballad "Invisible," along with singer Stevie Nicks joined Lady Antebellum for you to sing "Golden" and Nick's classic song "Rhiannon."Lady Antebellum furthermore joined Darius Rucker to always be able to sing the actual folksy "Wagon Wheel," as the entire audience sang along.Church belted out his anthem "Give Me Again My Hometown," Urban extra a few rock'n'roll using "Even The Heavens Fall 4 U," although veteran singer Strait received the standing ovation following doing his new song "I Got the Car."Veteran country musician Merle Haggard was given the actual Crystal Milestone accolade honoring his profession on his 77th birthday about Sunday, even even though the audience sang "Happy Birthday" for you to him."Country music's been fantastic if i listen to anyone ask me all my existence as well as it's great again tonight," your singer said.(This story continues to always be able to be refiled for you to change 'leads' in order to 'lead' within headline)(Writing by Piya Sinha-Roy throughout Los Angeles; Editing by Eric Walsh as well as Michael Perry)Link thisShare thisDigg thisEmailPrintReprints