Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton top ACM Awards winners

Taylor Swift won her second consecutive Entertainer of the Year title at Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards. She successfully defended her crown against Jason Aldean, four-time champ Kenny ChesneyBrad Paisley and Blake Shelton (See complete list of winners here.)

However Swift lost her fifth consecutive bid for Female Vocalist to Miranda Lambert who prevailed for the third year running. And with “Four the Record,” Lambert claimed her third Album of the Year award in just five years following wins for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (2007) and “Revolution” (2009).

Lambert’s husband Blake Shelton took Male Vocalist, ending a five-year winning streak for Brad Paisley. Shelton co-hosted the CBS kudocast with Reba McEntire

Lady Antebellum won Vocal Group for the third year running. However, Thompson Square kept Sugarland from taking home a third Vocal Duo award.

Last year, Lambert also won Record, Song and Video for “The House That Built Me.” This year those awards were split with the Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay” winning Record (as well as Vocal Event), “Crazy Girl” by the Eli Young Band taking Song and “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith claiming Video. 

“American Idol” champ Scotty McCreery won New Artist. That prize as well as Entertainer of the Year were decided by public vote while the rest of the awards were decided by members of the association. 

Chesney was shut out despite a leading nine bids. Besides his Entertainer nod, he was a double Album of the Year nominee for “Hemingway’s Whiskey” as both artist and producer and reaped likewise double bids for both Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “You And Tequila” with Grace Potter. He was also nominated for Song of the Year for that tune.

Besides being bested for Entertainer and Male Vocalist, Paisley lost both his bids in Vocal Event:  “Old Alabama” with Alabama and “Remind Me” with Carrie Underwood.

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