Luke Bryan Wins Big at the Third Annual "American Country Awards"

Photo: Tim Mosenfelder / SoundSpike
Photo: Tim Mosenfelder / SoundSpike

Luke Bryan received the most awards, followed by Miranda Lambert, who received three awards. Following her two wins this year, Carrie Underwood has earned 11 ACA awards, the most ACA honors of any artist. Lady Antebellum’s wins in Artist of the Year: Group and Single of the Year: Group, plus their five previous awards, make them the group with the most ACA honors ever.

 The two-hour special featured performances by Co-Hosts Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town and a surprise performance by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Bryan walked away with nine ACAs, including Artist of the Year and Artist of the Year: Male. The Nashville native's recent release, “Tailgates and Tanlines,” was deemed Album of the Year, and the chart-topping lead single “I Don't Want This Night To End” snagged nods for Single of the Year, Single of the Year: Male, Music Video of the Year and Music Video of the Year: Male.

 Carrie Underwood won the Artist of the Year title in the Female category, while Lady Antebellum took home the Group award. Miranda Lambert's single “Over You” was named Single of the Year: Female, as well as Music Video of the Year: Female.

Touring Artist of the Year went to Jason Aldean, and newcomer Hunter Hayes received two trophies for his song “Wanted,” one for Single of the Year: New Artist and Music Video of the Year: New Artist.

Fans logged on to to cast votes in support of their favorite country music artists not only in traditional categories, but also in a previously unrecognized area – touring – encompassing the entire spectrum of country music.
Following is the list of categories and winners for the AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS:
Artist of the Year
Luke Bryan
Artist of the Year: Male
Luke Bryan
Artist of the Year: Female
Carrie Underwood
Artist of the Year: Group
Lady Antebellum
Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
Jake Owen
Artist of the Year: New Artist
Lauren Alaina
Album of the Year
Luke Bryan, “tailgates & tanlines”
Single of the Year
Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night To End”
Single of the Year: Male
Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night To End”
Single of the Year: Female
Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Single of the Year: Group
Lady Antebellum, “We Owned The Night”
Single of the Year: New Artist
Hunter Hayes, “Wanted”
Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
Brantley Gilbert, “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do”
Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration
Brad Paisley (Duet with Carrie Underwood), “Remind Me”
Touring Artist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Music Video of the Year
Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night To End”
Music Video of the Year: Male
Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night to End”
Music Video of the Year: Female
Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Music Video of the Year: Group or Collaboration
Little Big Town, “Pontoon”
Music Video of the Year: New Artist
Hunter Hayes, “Wanted”
Song of the Year:
Eric Church, “Springsteen” (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde and Ryan Tyndell)
Additionally, the following MOST PLAYED RADIO TRACK awards determined by Mediabase, were announced during tonight’s telecast:
Most Played Radio Track
Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night to End”
Most Played Radio Track: Male
Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night to End”
Most Played Radio Track: Female
Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Most Played Radio Track: Group
Zac Brown Band, “Keep Me In Mind”
Most Played Radio Track: New Artist
Kip Moore, “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck”
AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS is executive-produced by Bob Bain (TEEN CHOICE 2012, “Kids’ Choice Awards”). Fletcher Foster, Paul Flattery and Tisha Fein serve as producers. Greg Sills is supervising producer. Michael Dempsey directed the live special.
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