Taylor Swift (you might have heard of her) is on a roll. For the second year in a row, she took home entertainer of the year at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Miranda Lambert was named this year’s top female vocalist (for the third time in a row), while her husband, Blake Shelton, won the same award in the male category. He also co-hosted the show with Reba McEntire.
Upon hearing her name as the winner of the fan-based award, Taylor Swift looked unsurprised. And so did everyone else. At this point, they might as well rename the “entertainer of the year” award to the Taylor Swift Award.
“She deserved it,” Shelton said. “When those announcements came out who was nominated, I remember saying right then — I don't think I said I hope Taylor wins because I hoped I would win — but Taylor deserves it. I don't think there is anyone with half a brain that would say otherwise. She has done a lot for us in country music. We are lucky enough in country music to call her one of us.”
But no matter how big she gets, there’s always one thing Taylor will have to deal with:
“I am always going to make fun of her in my monologues so she might as well get used to that,” Shelton announced.
Indeed, Taylor was the butt of everyone’s teasing, with Reba referencing Taylor’s rumored date with NFL sweetheart Tim Tebow:
“Now we know what he’s been praying for,” co-host Shelton joked.
But the night wasn’t completely dedicated to Taylor.
Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson won single record and vocal event of the year for their duet, “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”
Lady Antebellum won top vocal group, while Scotty McCreery won the honor of top new artist.
And Ashton Kutcher, of all people, took the stage, dressed in full-on cowboy gear, to sing “I Cross My Heart” by Country King George Straight.
Hey, if ‘Two and a Half Men’ doesn’t work out, at least Ashton has a backup plan.
Full winners list:
— 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
— Album of the year: “Four the Record,” Miranda Lambert
— Single record of the year: “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson
— Song of the year: “Crazy Girl,” Eli Young Band
— Video of the year: “Red Solo Cup,” Toby Keith
— Vocal event of the year: “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson