Miranda Lambert won in three categories Sunday night (April 6) at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas while legend George Strait and newcomer Kacey Musgraves recorded milestones in their respective careers.
Strait was named entertainer of the year, an honor he accepted in 1989. Musgraves nabbed album of the year honors for her debut Same Trailer Different Park.
In addition to winning the female vocalist award, Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” was named single record of the year. “We Were Us,” her collaboration with Keith Urban, was chosen vocal event of the year.
“I cannot believe it,” Lambert said of her female vocalist win. “I really didn’t expect it. I was just hanging out with Trisha Yearwood back there. Holy crap!
“And I was standing next to Sheryl Crow — a complete and utter rock star. And Kacey Musgraves, I grew up with her. She wrote the single of the year (“Mama’s Broken Heart”) this year. Carrie Underwood is my buddy, y’all, and she’s a phenomenon. I can’t believe it. I’m so grateful and thankful and humbled.”
Urban also won video of the year honors for “Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw’s hit that also featured Taylor Swift. Both of the awards were announced on the red carpet prior to the CBS telecast, so Urban didn’t get any screen time for an acceptance speech. However, he made up for it with an explosive performance of “Even the Stars Fall for U.” (Urban actually won three awards, including an extra one as producer of “We Were Us.”)