Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson each have a pair of trophies to add to their mantles after Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards, leading the pack of winners at the Las Vegas show. But the night's top honor, once again, goes to Taylor Swift.

On the heels of her record-breaking, theatrical Speak Now world tour and multi-platinum selling album of the same name, Taylor takes home the ACM Entertainer of the Year trophy for the second year in a row.

"Thank you so much to the fans who voted for this. I am so happy about this!" said the blond stunner on stage. "I want to say to my fellow nominees in this category, I respect you so much and I love you. We work hard and we try to give back, and recently I've become aware of a different struggle that's going on. My date tonight was supposed to be a high school football player named Kevin McGuire, and he's not here, but I promised to give him a shout out. So Kevin, all your family and friends -- thank you for wanting to take me to the ACMs."

Kevin, who is battling cancer, had asked Taylor to his prom via a Facebook page organized by his sister. When the country superstar realized she couldn't make it to prom, she instead offered him an ACM Awards raincheck. He happily accepted but then couldn't make it to Las Vegas, as he was hospitalized on Friday.

Like Taylor, Miranda also retains her ACM title -- hers for Female Vocalist of the Year. It was a win that clearly shocked and humbled the singer-songwriter, who admitted her nerves in her acceptance speech before praising the country genre and thanking Jesus for "giving me this gift I can share with all my fans."

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Denise Truscello, WireImage

Miranda also now has ACM awards for three out of her four studio albums, taking home honors for 'Four the Record' in what was a tough battle. "I own every record in this category, and I've been listening and listening and thinking, 'Man, I'm not gonna get it.' Every one of your records is amazing," the 'Over You' singer said upon accepting the trophy. "I'm so thrilled. I will never take this trophy for granted. My albums are my babies."

Mr. and Mrs. Blake Shelton now have yet another pair of his-and-hers trophies, as Miranda's hubby is the ACM's Male Vocalist of the Year. "Oh man ... now that was a real shock face," Blake joked as Taylor Swift -- notorious for her 'shocked face' when winning awards -- presented him with the honor. "I didn't see that coming at all! ... I was sitting back there repeating the lines to Dierks [Bentley's] song, 'It's been a long, hard ride, got a ways to go,' and that is how I feel tonight."

First-time ACM winners include the Eli Young Band, who, along with Lee Brice and Liz Rose, won Song of the Year for the chart-topping, multi-platinum-selling 'Crazy Girl.'

"I have dreamed about this moment my whole life, and I can say for the rest of these guys, they have too," said lead singer Mike Eli from the ACM stage. "For those of you watching on television, if you're sitting here thinking 'I've been dreaming about this moment, I want to be here,' follow your dreams, believe in yourself, do it!"

Also first-time ACM winners, Thompson Square stake claim to ACM Vocal Duo of the Year honors, in an award that was announced Saturday night just after the husband-wife team performed at a pre-show event. Also announced before the broadcast, Video of the Year went to Toby Keith's 'Red Solo Cup,' and Vocal Event of the Year went to Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson for 'Don't You Wanna Stay.' The genre-crossing, chart-topping hit also scored Jason and Kelly Single of the Year trophies.


"When we were in the studio, I brought up the idea that I thought it needed a female vocal on it, and Kelly was the first name I threw out," Jason said after thanking the tune's writers. "I'm really glad I did, because she came in and really made it a great song and took it to a new place."

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley are the ACM's Vocal Group of the Year for the fourth year in a row. Scotty McCreery has his first ACM win, taking home the fan-voted Top New Artist trophy.

"First off, I've just gotta say that it's an honor to be [nominated] with Brantley (Gilbert) and Hunter (Hayes). Those guys are incredible artists," said the beaming high school senior. "I've gotta thank my good Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ -- He got me here. Also to country radio ... and to the fans -- you guys are incredible!"

See a full list of 2012 ACM Awards nominees and winners below, with winners in bold.


• Jason Aldean

• Kenny Chesney

Brad Paisley

• Blake Shelton

*Taylor Swift - WINNER


• Jason Aldean

• Kenny Chesney

• Brad Paisley

*Blake Shelton - WINNER

Chris Young


Sara Evans

*Miranda Lambert - WINNER

Martina McBride

• Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood




ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

• 'Chief' - Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)

Produced by: Arturo Buenahora, Jr., Jay Joyce

*'Four the Record' - Miranda Lambert (RCA) - WINNER

Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf

• 'Hemingway's Whiskey' – Kenny Chesney (BNA)

Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

• 'My Kinda Party' - Jason Aldean (Broken Bow Records)

Produced by: Michael Knox

• 'Own the Night' - Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)

Produced by: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company]

• 'Crazy Girl,' Eli Young Band (Republic Nashville)

Produced by: Mike Wrucke

*'Don't You Wanna Stay,' Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow Records) - WINNERS

Produced by: Michael Knox

• 'Red Solo Cup,' Toby Keith (Show Dog-Universal Music)

Produced by: Toby Keith

• 'Tomorrow,' Chris Young (RCA)

Produced by: James Stroud

• 'You and Tequila,' Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter (BNA)

Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

SONG OF THE YEAR [Award to Composer(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

• *'Crazy Girl' - Eli Young Band - WINNERS

Composers: Lee Brice, Liz Rose

Publishers: Cake Taker Music (BMI), Mike Curb Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Sweet Hysteria Music (BMI)

• 'Home' - Dierks Bentley

Composers: Brett Beavers, Dierks Bentley, Dan Wilson

Publishers: Big White Tracks (ASCAP), Chestnut Barn Music (BMI), Chrysalis Music/BMG Rights (ASCAP), Chrysalis One Songs (BMI)

• 'Just a Kiss' - Lady Antebellum

Composers: Dallas Davidson, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott

Publishers: Dwhaywood Music (BMI), EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), EMI Foray Music (SESAC), Hillary Dawn Songs (SESAC), Radiobulletspublishing (BMI), String Stretcher Music (BMI) Warner-Tamberlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

• 'Threaten Me With Heaven' - Vince Gill

Composers: Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Dillon O'Brian, Will Owsley

Publishers: Grant Girls Music (ASCAP), Vinny Mae Music (BMI), Willie-O Music (ASCAP)

• 'You and Tequila' - Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter

Composers: Matraca Berg, Deana Carter

Publishers: Deanaling Music (ASCAP), Hannaberg Music (BMI), Songs of Universal Inc., (BMI), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Award to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award)

• 'Tattoos On This Town,' Jason Aldean

Producer: John Burke

Director: Wes Edwards

• 'Homeboy,' Eric Church

Producer: Brandon Arolfo

Director: Peter Zavadil

'Red Solo Cup,' Toby Keith - WINNER

Producer: Mark Kalbfeld

Director: Michael Salomon

• 'Just a Kiss,' Lady Antebellum

Producer: Don Lepore

Director: Shawn Silva

• 'Mean,' Taylor Swift

Producer: Oualid Mouaness

Director: Declan Whitebloom

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Award to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company] (Off Camera Award)

• 'Country Boy,' Aaron Lewis featuring George Jones and Charlie Daniels (R&J Records)

Produced by: Aaron Lewis, James Stroud

*'Don't You Wanna Stay' Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow Records) - WINNERS

Produced by: Michael Knox

• 'Old Alabama' Brad Paisley feat. Alabama (Arista Nashville)

Produced by: Frank Rogers

• 'Remind Me' Brad Paisley duet with Carrie Underwood (Arista Nashville)

Produced by: Frank Rogers

• 'You and Tequila' Kenny Chesney feat. Grace Potter (BNA)

Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

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