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Luke Bryan wins entertainer of the year at ACM Awards

In this photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, Scotty McCreery walks the red carpet for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip. Sunday, April 7, 2013. (Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Glenn Pinkerton)

Luke Bryan wins entertainer of the year at ACM Awards

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Apr 8, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Everything went to script Sunday night at the Academy of Country Music Awards until the end -- when Luke Bryan pulled off an amazing upset and won entertainer of the year.

Bryan beat out some of country music's top winners, including two-time winner Taylor Swift, in an upset that few would have predicted. The 36-year-old Georgia native recently began headlining his first arena tour and was the co-host of this year's show.

After an emotional  speech, co-host Blake Shelton held Bryan up and joked that he won in his "first and last year as co-host" of the awards.

Bryan is the first male winner of the award since 2007 when Kenny Chesney won the first fan-voted award. Swift and Underwood have won two apiece since then.

 Here's the list of winners at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards from Las Vegas.

-- Entertainer of the year: Luke Bryan
-- Top male vocalist: Jason Aldean
-- Female vocalist: Miranda Lambert
-- Vocal group: Little Big Town
-- Vocal duo: Thompson Square
-- New artist: Florida Georgia Line
-- Album of the year: "Chief," Eric Church
-- Single record of the year: "Over You," Miranda Lambert
-- Song of the year: "Over you," Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton
-- Video of the year: "Tornado," Little Big Town
-- Vocal event of the year: "The Only Way I Know," Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean

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