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The fourth annual American Country Awards is in the books, and the year's biggest breakout act—Florida Georgia Line—went home the night’s most decorated winners . Blake Shelton claimed another four wins, and Luke Bryan nabbed three.
During the telecast, which was hosted by Danica Patrick and Trace Adkins at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, FGL earned a total of six awards—including Single of the Year for the unstoppable “Cruise.” Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard also earned a nod for Artist of the Year in the New Artist subdivision.
Blake, who wasn’t present for the ceremony, earned an Album of the Year win for his 2013 release, Based on a True Story . . . , and he sent his thanks via video, calling his album “the impossible project.” He also won Single of the Year: Male for “Sure Be Cool If You Did.”
Luke repeated his Artist of the Year win from 2012's show, which seemed to signal the massive year that was ahead for him. Additionally, Luke was named Touring Artist of the Year, and now has a total of 12 wins since the ACAs started—the most of any artist.
“From the bottom of our hearts, me and my family,” Luke said, “we are having so much damn fun bringing our show to your towns. We love it every night.”
Other winners included Carrie Underwood, whose “Blown Away” was named Music Video of the Year: Female; Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck” for Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist; Lady Antebellum for Artist of the Year: Duo/Group; and Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” for Single of the Year: Female.
Additionally, Taylor Swift was presented with the Worldwide Artist honor, and gave her thanks via video direct from Australia.
Brad Paisley was honored with the Video Visionary Award for his distinct visual style and the “impact he’s had in changing the way country looks,” according to presenter Dwight Yoakam. Brad was psyched about the guitar trophy, calling it the “absolute coolest award of any award show.”
Performers included Jake Owen with ZZ Top lead beard Billy Gibbons, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line and LeAnn Rimes beautifully paying tribute to Patsy Cline. To the ACAs’ great credit, considerable time was also given to performances by exciting rising stars Thomas Rhett, Randy Houser, Justin Moore and Kellie Pickler. And because it is practically the holidays, co-host Trace sang us out with an impossibly deep, marching band-assisted version of “Little Drummer Boy.”