Country music had its biggest night as country stars converged at The 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday, April 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan co-hosted the event.
Country music veteran George Strait and singer Miranda Lambert led the list of winners at the awards show. There were several high-powered performances, including Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church and Keith Urban, who sang their hits.
Strait, 61, won the night's top prize of Entertainer of the Year. Jason Aldean won Male Vocalist of the Year and Miranda Lambert took home Female Vocalist of the Year.
Merle Haggard was honored with a special tribute from George Strait and Miranda Lambert in a year that marks the singer's 50th year in country music. Lambert and Strait performed "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive" and "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down" in a tribute medley to Haggard, the recipient of the Crystal Milestone Award and one of the architects of the Bakersfield sound.
When Haggard was given the Crystal Milestone accolade honoring his career on his 77th birthday on Sunday, the audience sang "Happy Birthday" to him.
Here is the complete list of winners.
ACM Awards Winners:
Entertainer of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Vocal Duo of the Year
Florida Georgia Line
New Artist of the Year
Vocal Group of the Year
The Band Perry
Album of the Year
Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves
Producers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
Record Label: Mercury Records
Single Record of the Year
Mama's Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert
Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
Record Label: RCA Nashville
Song of the Year
I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice
Songwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary
Publishers: Beattyville Music (BMI), EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), Great Day At This Music (BMI), Happy Tears Music (ASCAP), Vistaville Music (ASCAP), Watch This Girl Publishing (BMI)
Video of the Year
Highway Don't Care – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
Producers: Tameron Hedge, Chandra LaPlume
Director: Shane Drake
Vocal Event of the Year
We Were Us – Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert
Producers: Nathan Chapman, Keith Urban
Record Labels: Capitol Records Nashville, Hit Red Records, RCA Nashville