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It was quite the winning weekend for Taylor Swift, who not only received a special award from first lady Michelle Obama at the Kids' Choice Awards but also scored the Academy of Country Music Awards' (ACMs) top prize, entertainer of the year, for the second year in a row at Sunday night's ceremony.
The 22-year-old superstar was the only woman in the fan-voted category, but pulled off a remarkable feat with her second straight victory.
"I'm so happy about this ... I want to say to my fellow nominees in this category, I respect you so much and I love you," Swift said when she accepted her award.
Country music's "It Couple," Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, won a pair of his and hers awards for top male vocalist and top female vocalist. Lambert's Four the Record also snagged her third award for top album of the year, tying her with such country legends as Alabama and George Strait in the category.
"I own every record in this category and I've been listening and listening, thinking I'm not going to get it," Lambert said. "Every record is amazing, and I'm so thrilled. I will never take this trophy for granted. My albums are my babies."
Rock and hip-hop stars also showed up to support their country friends. U2's Bono introduced Dierks Bentley, and KISS (dressed in full stage makeup) presented an award to Lady Antebellum. LL Cool J was on hand to pay tribute to veterans with Keith Urban, while banjo-playing Steve Martin performed with Rascal Flatts.
Probably the night's most memorable moment was when Train singer Pat Monahan joined Martina McBride on a duet of Train's "Marry Me" to serenade a New Jersey couple, Christina Davidson and Frank Tucci, who married on the show's stage.
Check out all the night's winners:
- Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift
- Top Male Vocalist: Blake Shelton
- Top Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert
- Top Vocal Group: Lady Antebellum
- Top Vocal Duo: Thompson Square
- Top New Artist: Scotty McCreery
- Top Vocal Event of the Year: Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, "Don't You Wanna Stay"
- Single Record of the Year: Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, "Don't You Wanna Stay"
- Top Album of the Year: Miranda Lambert, Four the Record
- Song of the Year: Eli Young Band, "Crazy Girl"
- Video of the Year: Toby Keith, "Red Solo Cup"