LAS VEGAS (AP) — George Strait won the top honor, entertainer of the year, at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night in Las Vegas. He took the fan-voted award for the second time — 25 years after he first won it in 1989.
The win comes five months after the 61-year-old singer won the same award at the rival Country Music Association Awards, an industry-voted show. Strait is a few months from finishing his final tour in June, spurring a round of nostalgia that’s come with a handful of trophies.
Fans showed their enduring love for Strait by giving him the award over arguably the genre’s top four stars: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and show co-hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton.
Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban were the night’s top winners, taking three awards apiece. Lambert won her fifth straight female vocalist of the year award and the two teamed up to win vocal event of the year for “We Were Us.”
Album of the year: Kacey Musgraves, “Same Trailer Different Park”
Female vocalist of the year: Miranda Lambert
Male vocalist of the year: Jason Aldean
Vocal group of the year: The Band Perry
Song of the year: “I Drive Your Truck”: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary
Single record of the year: Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart”
New artist of the year: Justin Moore
Vocal duo of the year: Florida Georgia Line
Music video of the year: Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care”
Vocal event of the year: Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert, “We Were Us”