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Lambert wins 4, but Luke Bryan takes top prize at ACM Awards

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/20/2015 By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer
Steven Tyler, left, presents the award for entertainer of the year to Luke Bryan at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Steven Tyler, left, presents the award for entertainer of the year to Luke Bryan at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Miranda Lambert won four awards, including album and song of the year, but the singer lost the night's top prize to Luke Bryan at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards.

Taylor Swift accepts the milestone award at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Taylor Swift accepts the milestone award at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

It was a repeat of the Country Music Association Awards in November, where Lambert won multiple prizes but lost the big award to Bryan.

Miranda Lambert performs at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Miranda Lambert performs at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"Listen guys, what an amazing night of music," an excited Bryan said onstage after winning the fan-voted award. "Thank you to my wife, my kids ... my fans, country radio."

Miranda Lambert accepts the award for song of the year for “Automatic” at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Miranda Lambert accepts the award for song of the year for “Automatic” at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Lambert was the sole female nominated for entertainer of the year; other nominees included Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, who won two awards Sunday at the AT&T Stadium.

Hosts Luke Bryan, left, and Blake Shelton speak on stage at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Hosts Luke Bryan, left, and Blake Shelton speak on stage at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Though she lost the top prize — again — Lambert was the queen of the night. She was on a red-hot winning streak — and she even rocked a red-hot bustier when she performed "Little Red Wagon."

Eric Church, left, and Keith Urban perform at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Eric Church, left, and Keith Urban perform at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Lambert won her fourth album of the year, her sixth female vocalist of the year and twice for third single record of the year (she won twice this year as a performer and songwriter of "Automatic.")

Hosts Luke Bryan, left, and Blake Shelton speak on stage at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Hosts Luke Bryan, left, and Blake Shelton speak on stage at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"I don't even realize what's happening tonight," Lambert said. "I love my job so much. I will never not love my job."

Milestone honoree George Strait performs at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Milestone honoree George Strait performs at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Lambert, a fashion favorite in the last year, wowed again in a flowing, plunging dress on the red carpet. Inside the venue, she wore white pants and a white top with a black sheer center. She also accepted the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award, given to her by Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara (Lambert wrote a song for their new film, "Hot Pursuit.")

Miranda Lambert walks on stage after being announced winner of the award for song of the year for “Automatic” at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Miranda Lambert walks on stage after being announced winner of the award for song of the year for “Automatic” at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

It was also a memorable night for Taylor Swift, who made it a family affair.

Miranda Lambert walks on stage after being announced winner of the award for song of the year for “Automatic” at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Miranda Lambert walks on stage after being announced winner of the award for song of the year for “Automatic” at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The singer was one of seven recipients of the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award, and a video package highlighting her career and success played before her mother, who recently announced she is battling cancer, presented her daughter with the award.

Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of Florida Georgia Line, perform at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of Florida Georgia Line, perform at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"I am a very proud mom," said Andrea Swift, who also called her daughter "brave enough to explore her musical curiosity."

Sam Hunt performs at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Sam Hunt performs at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"I am so happy I learned how to write songs in a town like Nashville," said Swift, who released her first full-blown pop album, "1989," last year.

Miranda Lambert accepts the award for song of the year for “Automatic” at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Miranda Lambert accepts the award for song of the year for “Automatic” at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The former country singer, who sat next to her father Scott Swift, danced along in typical form, especially when Lambert and Martina McBride performed.

Natalie Hemby, right, speaks after Miranda Lambert is announced winner of the award for song of the year for “Automatic” at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Natalie Hemby, right, speaks after Miranda Lambert is announced winner of the award for song of the year for “Automatic” at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Other recipients of the anniversary honor include Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney and George Strait, who performed near the beginning of the show.

Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of Florida Georgia Line, perform at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of Florida Georgia Line, perform at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The ACMs kicked off paying tribute to veteran Merle Haggard by Keith Urban and Eric Church, while Strait sang "All My Ex's Live in Texas" — appropriate for the awards show celebrating its 50th anniversary in a new location, the Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of Florida Georgia Line, perform at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of Florida Georgia Line, perform at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Shelton and Bryan were playful as hosts — and they even played some football. Shelton asked Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to throw the ball to Bryan, who was wearing gloves.

George Strait accepts the milestone award at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press George Strait accepts the milestone award at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"This isn't one of those deflated balls?" Shelton said after Bryan caught the ball, referencing the deflategate scandal earlier this year.

George Strait accepts the milestone award at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press George Strait accepts the milestone award at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Shelton announced that the — usually held in Las Vegas — set a Guinness World Record for most attended live awards show of all-time.

Miranda Lambert performs at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Miranda Lambert performs at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Shelton and Bryan performed, too. Christina Aguilera joined Rascal Flatts and Nick Jonas sang with the country duo the Swon Brothers.

Miranda Lambert performs at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Miranda Lambert performs at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Brooks' performance of "All American Kind" marked a sentimental moment since it included U.S soldiers standing proudly.

Miranda Lambert performs at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Miranda Lambert performs at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"I'd like ... to thank all of our men and women in the armed forces ... protecting our freedom," Brooks said when he received the Milestone Award from Taya Kyle, the wife of the late "American Sniper" Chris Kyle.

Reese Witherspoon, left, and Sofia Vergara appear at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Reese Witherspoon, left, and Sofia Vergara appear at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Lee Brice sang some of "Forever and Ever, Amen" and then called out Randy Travis, who was sitting in the audience and earned a rousing applause. Brice won single record of the year for "I Don't Dance," which he also produced.

Reese Witherspoon, left, and Sofia Vergara appear at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Reese Witherspoon, left, and Sofia Vergara appear at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"This is insane. Thank y'all so much," he said.

Tyler Hubbard, left, and Brian Kelley, of Florida Georgia Line, accept the award for vocal duo of the year at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Tyler Hubbard, left, and Brian Kelley, of Florida Georgia Line, accept the award for vocal duo of the year at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Little Big Town had one of the night's top performances when they slowed things down with their recent hit, the semi-controversial "Girl Crush." They won vocal group of the year, and Cole Swindell won new artist of the year.

Martina McBride performs at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Martina McBride performs at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Dierks Bentley, who had seven nominations, won video of the year for "Drunk on a Plane"; Aldean won male vocalist of the year.

Tony Romo walks on stage at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Tony Romo walks on stage at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Other performers included Brooks & Dunn, Braid Paisley and Alan Jackson.

Taylor Swift accepts the milestone award at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Taylor Swift accepts the milestone award at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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