Sara Evans presented the first trophy at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards, to Luke Bryan for Male Vocalist of the Year.

"I've never had to sing right after winning an award," Bryan quipped from stage, before launching into his recent No. 1 hit, 'Roller Coaster,' from his multi-platinum 'Crash My Party' album. Cole Swindell, who co-wrote the song with Michael Carter, joined Bryan on stage for the second verse of the hit single.

The award's winner was determined based on radio airplay and touring statistics. Bryan beat out Dierks Bentley, Randy Houser, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton to take home the award. He was nominated seven times, including for the night's highest honor, Artist of the Year.

"I want to thank the ACCs for this award," Bryan said after his performance. "I want to thank Kix Brooks, wherever he is at, for delivering an amazing countdown every week."

The country music hitmaker then stopped to acknowledge the recent tragedy in his life -- his brother-in-law's sudden passing earlier this month.

"I want to get serious for a second," Bryan said. "I want to thank all of my fans for the past couple of weeks of my life, for keeping my family in your prayers. And I want to also recognize the country music community, all the artists ... They have rallied around me and my family through the past couple of weeks. It's just nice to feel loved in [this] situation. Thank you guys for an amazing 2014."

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