Carrie Underwood Makes History at 2010 Country Music Awards

Carrie Underwood was named country music’s top entertainer for the second year in a row on Sunday and Miranda Lambert won three awards, including best album, as the two young women ruled the once male-dominated Academy of Country Music Awards.

Carrie Underwood accepts the Entertainer of the Year award at the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, April 18, 2010. Photo: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Carrie Underwood made history at the 2010 Country Music Awards Show on Sunday night, becoming the first woman to win entertainer of the year twice. Carrie Underwood won the show’s top honor last year. This year, she beat out Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, the Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, George Strait and Keith Urban, according to MSNBC News.

Carrie Underwood, a small-town Oklahoma girl who first shot to fame only five years ago on TV’s “American Idol,” became the first woman to win Entertainer of the Year twice, firmly taking her place among country music’s greats.

“Whenever I was on ‘Idol’ I was just hoping to stay there for another week,” Carrie Underwood said. “That was as far as my calendar would go and I don’t think anybody could have possibly predicted any of this.”

Lady Antebellum was the dominant winner, grabbing five trophies, and Miranda Lambert won three, but Carrie Underwood made the show.

She was also given a special Triple Crown award for having already won three top awards — new artist, female vocalist and entertainer of the year — during her short career.

“Thank you God, praise the Lord,” an exuberant Underwood, 27, said from the stage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas during a show. “Thank you country music, God bless you country music.”

Underwood’s win comes just months after 20-year-old Taylor Swift was named entertainer of the year at the rival Country Music Awards, and she said backstage that it was a big night for women in country music.

“It’s not just (Taylor and I), it’s Miranda, she was all over the place tonight, and Reba who always continues to show us how it’s done,” Underwood said. “There are many beautiful, strong, extremely talented women making headlines left and right and I’m just so honored to be with them.”

From left, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood, of the band Lady Antebellum, accept the award for single record of the the year at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Photo: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Lady Antebellum, the top-selling trio that includes Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, also had a lot to celebrate, winning top vocal group to snap a seven-year streak by Rascal Flatts. The Nashville-based trio’s huge crossover hit “Need You Now,” which spent five weeks at the top of the Billboard country chart, won for both best song and best single.

Luke Bryan accepts the top new artist award at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Photo: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Lady Antebellum also had a connection to one of the night’s other winners, Luke Bryan, who nabbed top new artist. Lady A’s Kelley and Dave Haywood helped their good buddy write his hit, “Do I.”

Brad Paisley was named top male vocalist for the fourth year in a row and Brooks & Dunn, who have announced that they will split up after a farewell tour, won for best vocal duo.

Miranda Lambert performs at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Photo: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Miranda Lambert, 26, was named top female vocalist and given the prestigious award for best album for “Revolution,” as well as taking home the best video prize for “White Liar.” “This music is what I do, it’s the only thing I live for, thanks for loving it,” Lambert said in accepting the best album trophy. “Are you freaking kidding me? I’m completely shocked. I don’t even know what to say. That came out nowhere for me.”

Taylor Swift performs at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Photo: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Taylor Swift, who won album of the year last year, was shut out this year, despite being nominated for five awards; it might have been the first awards show since her pop superstardom where she didn’t take home a trophy.

Swift began her performance of “Change” while soaring over the crowd on a platform. She ripped off her white dress and reveal a black outfit underneath, made her way through the crowd and joined the Tritones, a college co-ed a capella group on stage for a spirited chorus. She then fell backward into a crowd of fans.

The 2010 Country Music Awards show also had it’s share of non-country celebrities, including LL Cool J, Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn and Las Vegas staple Cher, who goofed when she announced that Blake Shelton had already won a CMA Award — instead of an ACM — the previous evening. [via StarPulse, Reuters and MSNBC; photos via DailyNews and StarPulse]

Here’s the full list of the winners at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards from Las Vegas:

  • Entertainer of the year: Carrie Underwood
  • Top male vocalist: Brad Paisley
  • Top female vocalist: Miranda Lambert
  • Top vocal group: Lady Antebellum
  • Top vocal duo: Brooks & Dunn
  • Top new artist: Luke Bryan
  • Top new solo vocalist: Luke Bryan
  • Top new vocal duo: Joey + Rory
  • Top new vocal group: Gloriana
  • Album of the year: “Revolution,” Miranda Lambert
  • Single record of the year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
  • Song of the year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
  • Video of the year: White Liar,” Miranda Lambert
  • Vocal event of the year: “Hillbilly Bone,” Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins
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