Luke Bryan sweeps ACAs

From left, Leesburg singer Luke Bryan and wife Caroline Boyer arrive at the American Country Awards on Monday in Las Vegas.

From left, Leesburg singer Luke Bryan and wife Caroline Boyer arrive at the American Country Awards on Monday in Las Vegas.

Luke Bryan didn’t want the American Country Awards to end.

He cleaned up during the fan-voted show, winning everything he was nominated for, including artist and album of the year. His smash hit “I Don’t Want This Night To End” was named single and music video of the year.

“Mama, daddy, (Jason) Aldean, thank you for a great year, baby,” he said as he accepted artist of the year at the end of the show. “They’re saying wrap (up), but I don’t want to wrap.”

Bryan won a total of nine awards, including two non-fan-voted radio awards. He hit the road on Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” arena tour this year, adding fuel to an already hot ticket. Aldean was named touring artist of the year.

Miranda Lambert took home the second-most guitar trophies, with three. She won female single and female video of the year for the song she wrote with husband Blake Shelton, “Over You.” It was also named most played female radio track.

The ACAs were full of baby talk. Pregnant Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum mentioned her unborn baby in an acceptance speech for group of the year. She also got an oversized baby sling from co-hosts Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth. New dad Jake Owen took home the guitar for breakthrough artist of the year.

“I just had the most beautiful baby girl two weeks ago, and just when you think stuff’s not going to get any better, it just, it’s rolling along,” he said onstage.

Carrie Underwood won female artist of the year, and a tearful Lauren Alaina won new artist of the year.

Bryan, Aldean, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, and Adkins with Lynyrd Skynyrd were among the high-energy performances.

The third annual ACAs were held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Monday night. They were aired live on Fox TV.


FlunkyMonkey 2 years, 11 months ago

YEAH---Now mabe you will get the recognition at home you so richly deserve. PP, eat your heart out!!


RedEric 2 years, 11 months ago

I think PP will do well in his musical career. I like Luke's style of music better. It is happier.


ittybittyme 2 years, 11 months ago

Phillip Phillips is more talented and has a wider audience and is more personable than LB. Go Phillip!


KaosinAlbany 2 years, 11 months ago

Congrats, Luke!! You are making us proud!


albanyherald1 2 years, 11 months ago

Why do we have to compare Luke to Phillip? They are two separate artists with two separate genres of music. They are both great in my book!!


jglass 2 years, 11 months ago

albanyherald1, you are so right. These are two totally different artists. Don't try to compare them.


bigbob 2 years, 11 months ago

Lee County sure has been on the map this year, way to go Luke, PP & Busta. Not only stars but 3 people Lee Cty should be very proud of for the way they conduct themselves.


doingwhatisright 2 years, 11 months ago

Georgia granny...are you saying that In Lee County only those three families care about their children? so if your children are not playing baseball nor singing on stage then they are not loved by their parents? What you're really saying is you're from Lee County and because your children don't sing nor play baseball you don't love them. How about your grandkids...do you love them unconditionally?


agirl_25 2 years, 11 months ago

I don't know much about Luke but am glad he won. Says a lot for SW Georgia talent and yes, georgiagranny, you are right, it says a lot for all three gentlemen's folks, doesn't it? (Buster, Phillip and Luke)... They seem to have done an excellent job of raising some fine men. I don't watch a lot of awards shows and didn't watch this one and did not realize the winners were a result of fan votes......but am glad to know they were picked by the fans. That is how it should be in my opinion. Good for Luke...nice to know he is so loved by so many.


FryarTuk 2 years, 11 months ago

These boys were RAISED RIGHT!


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