Sunday night was country music’s biggest night of the year as the Academy of Country Music awards ceremony was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. And while names like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift have dominated in year’s past, this year it was Miranda Lambert and co-host of the show, Luke Bryan, that were the biggest winners of the night.
Lambert picked up three cowboy-hat-topped trophies, one that included beating out past favorites, Swift and Underwood, when she took home Female Vocalist of the Year. Her song, “Over You,” which she co-wrote with her husband, Blake Shelton, won in two categories — Best Song of the Year, and Best Single Record of the year.
In addition to the awards voted on by the Academy, there are two categories that are always the most popular by viewers, because they’re the ones voted on by the fans. One of those was New Artist of the Year, for which Florida Georgia Line was awarded the trophy; and the biggest award of the night, Entertainer of the Year, which went to Luke Bryan.
Bryan was both choked up and speechless when he accepted the night’s biggest honor, saying that music was the only thing he ever wanted to do, and how grateful he was to be able to do it. Afterwards his co-host, Blake Shelton, joked about how great it was that Bryan could win on his “first and last year as co-host.”
If there were big winners though there were also big, well, not so much winners. Of the night, those honors go to Hunter Hayes, with Taylor Swift running a close second. While Hayes was nominated for six awards and went home with nothing, Swift was nominated for five and also went home empty-handed.