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Jason Aldean was the big winner Monday night (Dec. 5) at the upstart American Country Awards, held in Las Vegas. Jason won six awards, including the night's top honors, Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for My Kinda Party.
After toiling in relative anonymity for several years—at least as far as the music industry was concerned—his fans responded in spades. "This is getting a little ridiculous now," Jason said on his second visit to the stage. "I don't know what else to say. It's been a crazy year."
After his album win, Jason told the crowd, "The biggest thing I’m proud of this year is that we had a million of you guys come out to our shows this year. And you guys are the reason has been amazing. . . . We’ll see you on the road next year."
Carrie Underwood's fans came through for her again at the fan-voted awards a year after she was the top winner on the inaugural show with six trophies.
She picked up three awards this year, including Female Artist of the Year and Female Single of the Year for "Mama's Song." "You guys vote like crazy," Underwood said from the stage.
Emerging duo Thompson Square won three trophies—blue Fender Telecasters with an embossed silhouette of the U.S. For their breakthrough single, "Are You Going to Kiss Me or Not," the husband-and-wife team of Shawna and Keifer Thompson took home the awards for Duo or Group Single, New Artist Single and New Artist Music Video of the Year.
"This is the first time we've won anything, so be patient," Keifer joked.
Chris Young won two awards, Breakthrough Artist and Single of the Year for "Voices." “I had a blast tonight!," Chris said in a statement released to CountryWeekly.com. "I am so thankful for my amazing fans for their support and votes and am thrilled to accept this award.”
American Idol winner Scotty McCreery was named New Artist of the Year, and Lady Antebellum won a second straight Duo or Group of the Year.
Alabama won a Greatest Hits Award and Toby Keith was named Artist of the Decade as the most-played country star on radio over the past 10 years.
Blake Shelton won video of the year for "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking." He dedicated the win to his father, Dick, who is in the hospital with pneumonia. He then appeared to tear up at the end of his performance of "God Gave Me You." "I want to say 'hi' to my dad back home," Blake said. "He's been having a pretty rough couple of weeks. I know he's watching back at home and I love you, dad, and want to dedicate this to you."
With three wins this year, plus six last year, Carrie has earned the most ACA honors of any artist.