Gallery: The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards
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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