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George Strait wins top entertainer at Country Music Awards

Veteran singer George Strait won the Entertainer of the Year award late Sunday at the star-studded Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. The event, full of performances by country music's top stars and some surprise cross-genre guest appearances, is an annual show where fans vote for the winners. Strait is 61 and on the verge of retirement, and many feared that his older fan base would not cast ballots.

Strait, Lambert leads winners at Academy of Country Music awards

By Robert Galbraith LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Country music veteran George Strait and singer Miranda Lambert led the winners at the 49th Academy of Country Music awards, while the genre's biggest names, including Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church and Keith Urban, sang their hits. Strait, 61, won the night's top prize of Entertainer of the Year, beating out Lambert, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift. Bryan won the title last year.

Factbox: Winners at the Academy of Country Music awards

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The Academy of Country Music awards were handed out in a televised ceremony on Sunday in Las Vegas. Following are a list of winners in key categories handed out during the show. ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR George Strait MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Jason Aldean FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Miranda Lambert ALBUM OF THE YEAR Kacey Musgraves - "Same Trailer Different Park"

Lambert, McGraw each score seven nods at Country Music Awards

(Reuters) - Country singers Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw led the nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday with seven nods apiece, and Australian singer Keith Urban followed with six nominations. Lambert joins her husband Blake Shelton, George Strait, country-pop starlet Taylor Swift and last year's winner Luke Bryan for the entertainer of the year award, the most coveted honor at the annual ACM ceremony, scheduled to be held this year on April 6 in Las Vegas.

Factbox - Key nominees for the Academy of Country Music awards

(Reuters) - Nominees for the 49th Academy of Country Music awards, one of country music's top honors, were announced on Wednesday. The awards will be handed out in a televised ceremony in Las Vegas hosted by singers Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan on April 6. Following are a list of nominees in key categories. ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Luke Bryan Miranda Lambert Blake Shelton George Strait Taylor Swift

George Strait rides away with top country music honor

George Strait might be reconsidering his retirement plans after he picked up country music's top honor Wednesday for the third time in his long career. Strait, 61, who's midway through his Cowboy Rides Away farewell tour, won entertainer of the year at the 47th annual Country Music Association (CMA) awards in Nashville, Tennessee, a laurel he last won in 1989 and 1990. "This blows me away. I cannot believe it," said the down-to-earth Texan singer-songwriter, sporting his trademark 10-gallon hat and putting his hand over his heart.

George Strait, Blake Shelton big winners at country music awards

By Vernell Hackett NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - George Strait won the coveted entertainer of the year prize at the Country Music Association awards on Wednesday, while Blake Shelton took home the album of the year and male vocalist of the year awards. Strait, 61, won the top prize for the third time and for the first time since 1990. Strait, who has said he will retire from touring next year, has won 17 CMA awards.

Bryan, Lambert win big at US country music awards

Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert won big Sunday as Nashville's biggest names took over Las Vegas for the 48th Academy of Country Music awards. Bryan, 36, was overcome with emotion as Shania Twain presented him with the fan-voted entertainer of the year award at the climax of a three-hour nationally televised gala that he co-hosted with Blake Shelton. "This is the defining moment of my life ... and I will never take it for granted," said the Georgia native, who's just come off his first-ever headlining tour in support of his platinum-selling album "Tailgates and Tanlines."

Factbox - Winners at the Academy of Country Music awards

(Reuters) - The Academy of Country Music awards were handed out in a televised ceremony on Sunday in Las Vegas. Following are a list of winners in key categories handed out during the show. ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Luke Bryan MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Jason Aldean FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Miranda Lambert ALBUM OF THE YEAR Eric Church - "Chief"

Lambert, Bryan lead Academy of Country Music award winners

By Piya Sinha-Roy (Reuters) - Singers Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan led the winners at the Academy of Country Music awards on Sunday, while leading nominees Taylor Swift and Hunter Hayes came away empty-handed in a night honouring top achievers in country music. Swift, 23, lost out on all five categories she was nominated in including Female Vocalist of the Year and the fan-voted Entertainer of the Year, a surprise for the country music favourite who won the award for the last two years.
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