April 21, 2015
The Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas — 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.
It was a repeat of the Country Music Association Awards in November, where Lambert won multiple prizes but lost the big award to Bryan.
"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."
Luke Bryan took home his second entertainer of the year award — but the singer says he's not jaded about winning.
"I don't think it's a time for me to be smooth. I don't think it's a time for me to be suave. I think it's a time for me to jump up and down and celebrate. These are the days," Bryan said backstage. "When I'm an old guy rocking in a rock chair, I'm going to go, 'You had a doggone good time.' And that's my approach."
Bryan first won the honor in 2013. He won the entertainer of the year award at the Country Music Association Awards in November.
Bryan was a double winner Sunday night: He also picked up the ACM for vocal event of the year for "This How We Roll" with Florida Georgia Line.
The country star performed and hosted the show, for a third year, with Blake Shelton.