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Photos and recap: Miranda Lambert wins 3 awards, sets a record at ACM Awards

by Brandy McDonnell Published: April 7, 2014
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Miranda Lambert poses in the press room with the awards for vocal event of the year, female vocalist of the year and single record of the year at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Miranda Lambert poses in the press room with the awards for vocal event of the year, female vocalist of the year and single record of the year at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Host Blake Shelton, left, presents the single record of the year award to Miranda Lambert at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Host Blake Shelton, left, presents the single record of the year award to Miranda Lambert at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Luke Bryan, left, and Blake Shelton take a selfie in the audience at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Luke Bryan, left, and Blake Shelton take a selfie in the audience at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Carrie Underwood, left, and Miranda Lambert arrive at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Carrie Underwood, left, and Miranda Lambert arrive at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Garth Brooks speaks on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Garth Brooks speaks on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)

A version of this story appears in Monday’s The Oklahoman.

Miranda Lambert wins three ACM Awards, sets a record
George Strait reigns as entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music’s annual extravaganza in Las Vegas.

Miranda Lambert earned a leading three trophies and set a record during Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

The Tishomingo resident earned a record-setting fifth consecutive win for female vocalist of the year during the star-studded show, which aired live the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Oklahoma native Reba McEntire still holds the record for the most overall wins for female vocalist, a prize she has won seven times.

But Lambert seemed more interested in praising the star power of her presenter, Owasso resident Trisha Yearwood, and her fellow nominees, than in

“I cannot believe this all. I really didn’t expect it, y’all. Thank you so much. I was just hanging out with Trisha Yearwood back there. Holy crap,” said Lambert, who dedicated the award to friends in her hometown of Lindale, Texas. “And I was standing next to Sheryl Crow, complete and utter rock star. And Kacey Musgraves, I grew up with her; she wrote the single of the year this year. Carrie Underwood is my buddy, y’all, and she is a phenomenon. I just can’t believe it. I am so grateful and thankful and humbled. I love my job.”

Lambert earned the single of the year prize for her raucous hit “Mama’s Broken Heart,” which Musgraves (who went on to win album of the year for her acclaimed debut “Same Trailer Different Park”) penned with Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally. She accepted the award from cutting-up co-hosts Blake Shelton, her husband, and Luke Bryan, who presented the prize in helmets similar to the ones favored by French electronic duo Daft Punk.

“Thank you robots,” Lambert quipped, who got a kiss from her spouse once he removed his headgear.

Before the show started, Lambert and Keith Urban received the vocal event of the year award for “We Were Us.” As the song’s producer and perform, Urban actually received double honors for the win, and he also shared the video of the year award with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift, tying the Australian star with Lambert for a leading three wins each.

Lambert and McGraw went into Sunday night’s show with a leading seven nominations each.

Faith Hill, left, and Tim McGraw kiss on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Faith Hill, left, and Tim McGraw kiss on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Blake Shelton, left, and Shakira perform on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas.  (AP)
Blake Shelton, left, and Shakira perform on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Gwen Sebastian, left, and Blake Shelton perform on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Gwen Sebastian, left, and Blake Shelton perform on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Toby Keith performs on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Toby Keith performs on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert and George Strait pay tribute to Merle Haggard at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert and George Strait pay tribute to Merle Haggard at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Merle Haggard accepts the crystal milestone award at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Merle Haggard accepts the crystal milestone award at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)

Oklahoma star power

Although Lambert emerged as the only winner with Oklahoma ties, the 49th Annual ACM Awards boasted plenty of Sooner State star power.

Along with co-hosting, Shelton performed twice, singing his new duet “Medicine” with fellow “The Voice” coach Shakira and crooning his ballad “My Eyes” with his one-time “The Voice” contestant Gwen Sebastian. Lambert, Norman resident Toby Keith and Rascal Flatts, which includes Picher-bred guitarist Joe Don Rooney, all performed their latest singles. In addition to Yearwood, Oklahoma City native Olivia Munn was among the show’s presenters.

Yearwood’s husband, Oklahoma music megastar Garth Brooks, received a standing ovation when he took the stage to present the Crystal Milestone Award to Merle Haggard. Lambert and George Strait sang a medley of “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” and “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive” to honor the outlaw country legend’s 50 years of making music, and Brooks led the packed house in singing “Happy Birthday to You” to Haggard, who turned 77 Sunday.

“Country music has been great to me all my life and it’s great again tonight,” said the “Okie from Muskogee” singer in his short and simple acceptance speech.

George Strait accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
George Strait accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Carrie Underwood presents the award for male vocalist of the year to Jason Aldean at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Carrie Underwood presents the award for male vocalist of the year to Jason Aldean at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Justin Moore poses in the press room with the new artist of the year award at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Justin Moore poses in the press room with the new artist of the year award at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Vocal group of the year winners Neil Perry, left, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry, of the musical group The Band Perry, perform at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Vocal group of the year winners Neil Perry, left, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry, of the musical group The Band Perry, perform at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Lee Brice, left, and songwriter Connie Harrington accept the award for song of the year at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Lee Brice, left, and songwriter Connie Harrington accept the award for song of the year at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Vocal duo of the year winners Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of the musical group Florida Georgia Line, arrive at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Vocal duo of the year winners Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of the musical group Florida Georgia Line, arrive at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)

Big night for Texas

Strait won his second entertainer of the year prize 25 years after he won his first, adding to the Country Music Association entertainer of the year trophy he won back in fall. The Texas troubadour is wrapping up a two-year farewell tour that will mark his retirement from the road.

“I’ve always said I have the best fans in the world,” Strait told the crowd. “I heard this was a fan-voted thing, so I rest my case.”

Such is the admiration for King George that fellow entertainer nominee Shelton, who finished the night empty-handed, ended the show proclaiming “Our hero won tonight!”

Despite some controversy, Justin Moore earned the fan-voted new artist of the year award. Although ACM CEO Bob Romeo said in a teleconference last week that modified criteria for the category made the Arkansas singer eligible, some questioned whether Moore, who has released three albums since 2009 via Big Machine Label Group, should be in the running for the new artist prize.

“I was beginning to think there might be a height requirement for this award,” the diminutive singer quipped before emotionally thanking his wife and familly.

Jason Aldean won the male vocalist of the year award, while young talents Florida Georgia Line took home duo of the year and show openers The Band Perry received vocal group. Lee Brice’s emotional hit “I Drive Your Truck” garnered song of the year honors for scribes Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary.

In another coup for Texas, Strait and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones announced during the show that the ACM Awards will celebrate their 50th anniversary by shifting venues in 2015 to the home of the Cowboys, AT&T Stadium.Tickets for next year’s show will go on sale this month. For more information, go to www.acmawards50.com.

For more ACM Awards coverage (including many more photos), check out my ACM Awards live blog here or go to BAM’s Blog at blog.newsok.com/bamsblog.

Jerry Jones, left, and George Strait speak on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Jerry Jones, left, and George Strait speak on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Kacey Musgraves poses in the press room with the award for album of the year at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Kacey Musgraves poses in the press room with the award for album of the year at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Jason Aldean accepts the award for male vocalist of the year at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Jason Aldean accepts the award for male vocalist of the year at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Oklahoma City native Olivia Munn arrives at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Oklahoma City native Olivia Munn arrives at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Stevie Nicks, second from right, and from left, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, of the musical group Lady Antebellum, perform on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Stevie Nicks, second from right, and from left, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, of the musical group Lady Antebellum, perform on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Dierks Bentley, left, and Sheryl Crow perform on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Dierks Bentley, left, and Sheryl Crow perform on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Checotah native Carrie Underwood presents the award for male vocalist of the year at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Checotah native Carrie Underwood presents the award for male vocalist of the year at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
George Strait, left, and Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert perform on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
George Strait, left, and Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert perform on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Jay DeMarcus, and from left, Gary LeVox and Picher-bred Joe Don Rooney, of the musical group Rascal Flatts, arrive at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Jay DeMarcus, and from left, Gary LeVox and Picher-bred Joe Don Rooney, of the musical group Rascal Flatts, arrive at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Hosts Luke Bryan, left, and Tishomingo resident Blake Shelton speak on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Hosts Luke Bryan, left, and Tishomingo resident Blake Shelton speak on stage at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Fourth from right, Shawna Thompson and second from right, Miami, OK, native Keifer Thompson, of the musical group Thompson Square with the musical group Blues Traveler arrive at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Fourth from right, Shawna Thompson and second from right, Miami, OK, native Keifer Thompson, of the musical group Thompson Square with the musical group Blues Traveler arrive at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)

-BAM


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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