LAS VEGAS — Carrie Underwood made history at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night, becoming the first woman to win entertainer of the year twice.
Underwood won the show's top honor last year. This year, she beat out Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, the Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, George Strait and Keith Urban.
Top-selling trio Lady Antebellum were the dominant winners, grabbing five trophies, including song and single record of the year for crossover hit "Need You Now," while also snapping Rascal Flatts' seven-year run as best vocal group.
"We are having a blast tonight," singer Charles Kelly told the crowd after win No. 4. "We love you all. We will never forget this night."
Lady A came into the awards ceremony at the MGM Grand with a leading seven nominations and had won five of seven possible (they got two trophies for their single record of the year win because they also produced the record, and also got two trophies for their song of the year win because they composed "Need You Now").
Best bud Miranda Lambert had three trophies on the night. She beat Lady A's self-titled debut for album of the year with "Revolution." It was the second time she won the honor; her "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" won album of the year in 2007. She also beat Lady A in the video category with "White Liar" in awards given out Saturday night.
Lady A also had a connection to one of the night's other winners, Luke Bryan, who nabbed top new artist. Lady A's Kelley and Dave Haywood helped their good buddy write his hit, "Do I."
Paisley, after a performance of his single "Water" where he fell backwards into a pool of water on stage, won top male vocalist of the year for the fourth consecutive time.
And Brooks & Dunn, who are retiring after a summer tour, won best vocal duo for the 10th time in their two-decade long career.
The show, held at the MGM Grand, was heavy on performances. It kicked off with Carrie Underwood and Lambert, joined onstage later by Paisley, Charlie Daniels and John Fogerty, who ripped through a rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Travelin' Band."
"That's how you start a television show, son!" shouted Daniels, who recently recovered from a stroke.