FILE - In this April 7, 2013 file photo, singer George Strait performs at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas will air live Sunday night, April 6, 2014, from 8-11 p.m. EDT on CBS. Several awards, including top honor entertainer of the year, will be announced during the broadcast, to be hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. Shelton, Bryan, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Shakira and Stevie Nicks are scheduled to perform. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)
Gallery: The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards
By CHRIS TALBOTT
| AP Music Writer
First Published Apr 06 2014 05:13 pm • Last Updated Apr 07 2014 08:52 am
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."
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