Luke Bryan, of Leesburg, accepts the award for Artist of the Year during the 4th annual American Country Awards in Las Vegas on Tuesday. (Reuters//Lucy Nicholson)
LAS VEGAS — Leeburg native Luke Bryan didn’t win the most awards at the American Country Awards on Tuesday night, but he took two of the top prizes.
Bryan, who now owns a dozen of the guitar trophies, won Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year at the awards ceremony, which was broadcast on Fox. His third award guitar was for Touring Artist of the Year.
It’s been a memorable 2013 for Bryan. It’s the second time this year that he took the top prize at an awards show. Earlier this year, Bryan won the Entertainer of the Year award at the Academy of Country Music Awards, which he is slated to co-host in April with Blake Shelton.
The ACAs are voted on by fans. Bryan sent them a message Wednesday on Twitter.
“Thank you guys so much for last night,” he tweeted. “The aca awards were a blast. Thanks for making 2013 unbelievable.”
Bryan owns the most awards in the four-year history of the show, but Florida Georgia Line, a group that played on Bryan’s 2013 Dirt Road Diaries Tour, racked up the most Tuesday night with six. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, who comprise Florida Georgia Line, won New Artist of the Year and their “Cruise” was named Single of the Year.
“ACA SINGLE OF THE YEAR!!!!” Florida Georgia Line tweeted Tuesday night. “Wow — you guys keep blowing us away this year and can never thank you enough.”
Florida Georgia Line, which earlier won the ACM New Artist and New Duo awards, will host the 4th annual SCM Fan Jam in April.
The ACA award for Album of the Year went to Blake Shelton for “Based on a True Story,” one of four awards he won at this year’s show. Miranda Lambert was Female Artist of the Year and Lady Antebellum (Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood) won Group of the Year. Lady A also won Single of the Year by a Group for “Downtown.”
The show was hosted by country music star Trace Adkins and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick.