Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert won a leading four trophies, including one she shared with her husband, Blake Shelton, on Sunday night at the 48th Academy of Country Music Awards.
In addition, Thompson Square, which consists of Miami, OK, native Keifer Thompson and his wife, Shawna, was named vocal duo of the year during the performance-packed show, which aired live from Las Vegas.
Lambert and Shelton shared song of the year honors for “Over You,” her emotional chart-topper they penned together about the death of his brother, Richie, in a car accident.
“I've learned so much from this human being standing next to me, a lot of things about myself. She blows me away,” said Shelton, who co-hosted the ACM Awards for the third consecutive year. “I used to think I was a decent songwriter until I started hanging around with her, and she really taught me how to really write a good song. And this is proof of it.”
“Over You” also earned Lambert single of the year honors and two more trophies, as the writer and recording artist.
“As a songwriter, having your song and your lyrics recognized by your peers is pretty much as good as it gets,” Lambert said, choking back tears. “And I'm so thankful for being in this genre of country music, every single time someone's nominated, I just cheer, because I love everybody to death. So thank you for accepting me as a songwriter, not just as a singer, because that means the world to me.”
The Texas native, who performed her hit single “Mama's Broken Heart” on the show, was named female vocalist of the year for the fourth straight year, too. She joins Oklahoma native Reba McEntire and Loretta Lynn as the only others to win the title four or more times.
“I for sure thought Carrie had it this year and she damn well deserves it,” Lambert said, referring to Checotah native and fellow nominee Carrie Underwood, who belted her chart-topper “Two Black Cadillacs” on the telecast.
Thompson Square received the vocal duo title for the second straight year.
“We want to thank God for this amazing reality that we live in right now,” Keifer Thompson said. “We appreciate country radio so much for playing our songs and country music fans for calling (in) and listening and coming to our shows.”
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AT A GLANCE
Winners at the
Academy of Country Music Awards:
• Top male vocalist: Jason Aldean
• Female vocalist: Miranda Lambert
• Vocal group: Little Big Town
• Vocal duo:
• New artist: Florida Georgia Line
• Album of the year: “Chief,” Eric Church
• Single record of the year: “Over You,” Miranda Lambert
• Song of the year: “Over you,” Miranda Lambert, Blake
• Video of the year: “Tornado,” Little Big Town
• Vocal event of the year: “The Only Way I Know,” Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean
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