Carrie Underwood Wins Big at Inaugural American Country Awards

The first ever American Country Awards were handed out Monday night from Las Vegas and reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Carrie Underwood walked away with the most wins. Find out how many Carrie won as well as which other artists were multiple winners.

Carrie Underwood entered the night with six nominations, including Artist of the Year, and it was no surprise that she left the MGM Grand Garden Arena with all six awards. Along with Artist of the Year, Underwood took home awards for Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (Play On), Female Single of the Year (“Cowboy Casanova”), Touring Headline Package of the Year, and Female Music Video of the Year (“Cowboy Casanova”). The fan voted awards proved once again that Carrie Underwood has one of the strongest fanbases in the genre and they are always there to back up their star.

Heading into the night, Lady Antebellum and Easton Corbin led the nominees with seven apiece and each walked away with multiple wins. Lady Antebellum took home four awards including Duo or Group Artist of the Year, Single of the Year (“Need You Now”), Duo or Group Single of the Year (“Need You Now”), and Duo or Group Music Video of the Year (“Need You Now”). Easton Corbin swept all three of the Breakthrough artist awards including Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Breakthrough Artist Single of the Year (“I’m A Little More Country Than That”), and Breakthrough Artist Music Video of the Year (“A Little More Country Than That”).

Host Trace Adkins took home two awards for his part in Blake Shelton’s smash hit, “Hillbilly Bone.” The country giants took home the awards for Music Video of the Year and Male Music Video of the Year. What made the night different than the other two country awards shows were the actual “trophies.” Instead of receiving traditional trophies, the winners were awards custom made Fender guitars to take home. It’s been a big debate as whether or not country music needs a third awards show or if the CMAs and ACMs are enough. Personally, I don’t think the ACA’s could build as much prestige as the other awards shows, but it’s nice to see the fans get to choose the winners because afterall the fans make the artists who they are.

Here’s a complete list of winners:

ARTISTS
Artist of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Male Artist of the Year: Brad Paisley
Female Artist of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Duo or Group Artist of the Year: Lady Antebellum
Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Easton Corbin

ALBUMS
Album of the Year: “Play On,” Carrie Underwood

SINGLES
Single of the Year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
Male Single of the Year: “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” Josh Turner
Female Single of the Year: “Cowboy Casanova,” Carrie Underwood
Duo or Group Single of the Year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
Breakthrough Artist Single of the Year: “Little More Country Than That,” Easton Corbin

TOURING
Touring Headline Package of the Year: Carrie Underwood

VIDEOS
Music Video of the Year: “Hillbilly Bone,” Blake Shelton with Trace Adkins
Male Music Video: “Hillbilly Bone,” Blake Shelton with Trace Adkins
Female Music Video: “Cowboy Casanova,” Carrie Underwood
Duo or Group Music Video: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
Breakthrough Artist Music Video: “A Little More Country Than That,” Easton Corbin

GREATEST HITS AWARD
Alan Jackson

DECADE AWARD
Rascal Flatts

VIDEO VISIONARY AWARD
Toby Keith

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