Carrie Sweeps American Country Awards
Carrie Underwood won six awards, including Artist of the Year, at the inaugural American Country Awards, held Monday night (Dec. 6) in Las Vegas. Carrie won all six categories in which she was nominated, making her the night's big winner. In addition to Artist of the Year, she also took awards for top female artist, top touring artist, top album and single and music video by a female artist.
Lady Antebellum took home the second most trophies, winning in four categories: single of the year by a duo or group, single of the year, music video and top duo or group.
Meanwhile, Easton Corbin swept every award in the breakthrough artist categories. He was named Breakthrough Artist and also won awards for single and music video by a breakthrough artist.
Blake Shelton's "Hillbilly Bone" earned him two honors: Music Video of the Year and Music Video: Male. Though not announced on the show, Brad Paisley was the top male artist.
While the ACA's claimed to be an all fan-voted show, at least three awards were given by the Fox show's producers. Alan Jackson was honored with a Greatest Hits Award, Rascal Flatts was given the Decade Award and Toby Keith was awarded the Video Visionary Award.
Winners received customized Fender Stratocaster guitars.
The two-hour show, which was hosted by Trace Adkins with help from Nancy O'Dell, included stand-out performances by Keith Urban on "Put You in a Song," Reba McEntire on "Turn On the Radio" and Jason Aldean with pal Luke Bryan on "My Kinda Party." Alan and Rascal Flatts performed medleys of their hits.